The Latest: Storm causes avalanche, crashes across Utah

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a snowstorm in the Rockies (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

A powerful winter storm has caused traffic accidents, power outages and even an avalanche in Utah.

Little Cottonwood Canyon reopened Tuesday morning, a day after an avalanche closed the canyon and State Route 210.

Meanwhile, state troopers reported more than 200 crashes on highways in the last three days.

A power outage hit 12,000 customers Monday morning in parts of Draper, Bluffdale and Lehi. Rocky Mountain Power says it restored electricity later in the day but there were some scattered outages.


9:10 a.m.

Snow and strong winds have caused hazardous travel conditions throughout much of Wyoming.

A 100-mile (161-kilometer) section of Interstate 80 was closed Tuesday morning between the small cities of Rock Springs and Rawlins because of blowing snow.

Officials reopened a section of Interstate 25 that had been closed because of the snow but said conditions were still hazardous.

The storm that dumped show across the state over the long holiday weekend was moving out.

But the National Weather Service says another storm will bring more snow to northwest Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.


8:54 a.m.

Blowing snow and icy roads in suburban Denver and other parts of eastern Colorado have closed schools and shut down highways.

Stretches of Interstate 70 were closed Tuesday, preventing travelers headed from near the Kansas border from reaching the Denver area.

Winds in some places were gusting up to 45 mph (72 kilometers per hour) and creating blizzard conditions.

The snow has been fairly light but the wind is pushing it across roadways, hurting visibility.

The storm has also shut down schools and military installations in and around Colorado Springs, including Fort Carson and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The avalanche danger was also elevated in Colorado’s mountains.

On Monday, a backcountry skier died in a slide near Aspen.

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