Snow falls in parts of Rockies, causes pileups, road closure in Wyoming



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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — Wintry weather swept across parts of the Rockies on Thursday, leaving behind some wrecks and road closures.

Heavy snow was being blamed for several pileups involving some 60 cars and trucks on Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming. No fatalities were reported, but about two dozen people were taken to a Cheyenne hospital.

Kathy S. Baker, spokeswoman for the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, said Thursday that only three of the people taken to the hospital were admitted, and the rest were treated and released. She said she couldn't release information about the condition of the three.

Speaking shortly after 5 p.m., Baker said the medical center had closed the command center it had established and didn't expect to see more patients from the pileup.

About 20 people who were not initially assessed as having injuries were also transported to the hospital for food and shelter, Baker said. She said the American Red Cross was providing food and shelter to people stranded by the accident.

In Colorado, crashes also closed portions of snowy Interstate 70.

The Wyoming pileups occurred in the late morning about 15 miles west of Cheyenne on both sides of the interstate, the Wyoming Highway Patrol said. A 50-mile section of the roadway was closed while they were cleared.

The National Weather Service posted winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for southeast Wyoming. Up to a foot of snow was possible in the surrounding mountains.

Meanwhile, the spring storm moving slowly across Colorado was expected to dump more than 2 feet of snow in parts of the mountains by the end of Friday.

The weather service said depending on how slowly the system moves, higher elevations in Larimer and Boulder counties could see up to 3 feet of heavy, wet snow because of upslope winds. Western Colorado mountains could receive up to a foot.

The Front Range was expected to get 2 to 4 inches of wet snow mixed with rain, and some thunderstorms were possible on the eastern plains. Flurries also were reported in eastern Utah.

The storm was expected to give a boost to Colorado's below-average snowpack while also increasing the danger of avalanches.

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