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Jul 8, 2010 11:06 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Summer snowstorm closes road in Colorado mountains

A road that crests the Colorado mountains more than two miles above sea level has been temporarily closed because of snow and poor visibility.

A 5-mile stretch of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park was closed late Tuesday. Park officials haven't said how much snow fell or when the road will reopen. Some parts of the road have no painted lanes because of a construction project, making it more dangerous in wintry conditions.

The highway is billed as the country's highest continuously paved road. It climbs to 12,183 feet and connects the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.

Other roads over the mountains, including Interstate 70, remain open.

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