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Snowstorm brings up to 42 inches of snow to Colorado mountains

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Officials are warning of very high avalanche danger in Rocky Mountain National Park after a powerful spring storm brought up to 42 inches (1 meter) of snow to the Colorado high country.
    
Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson on Friday recommended against traveling in avalanche-prone areas. She says anyone planning to hike, snowshoe or ski in the park should have specialized training and gear for avalanche safety.
    
All roads on the east side of the park were closed for a second day. Some roads on the west side were open.
    
The National Weather Service reports 36 inches (0.9 meter) of snow fell in Estes Park, a village adjacent to the national park. The deepest snow was reported in the mountain towns of Allenspark and Ward south of Estes Park.
    
Forecasters said the storm had begun to weaken Friday as it moved eastward across the state.
    
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8:45 a.m.
    
A powerful spring storm has brought over 3 feet of snow to parts of Colorado's mountains.
    
The highest snowfall reports from the storm that began Wednesday evening are in the Front Range mountains in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.
    
All roads on the park's east side remained closed Friday because of the heavy snow.
    
The snow has also postponed or moved some high school graduations and delayed the start of the state high school track meet. The tournament in suburban Denver will now have to be condensed into just Saturday and Sunday.
    
The snow and powerful winds has also hampered the search for a missing hiker in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
    
The search is expected to resume Monday, weather permitting.
    
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8:40 a.m.
    
A powerful spring storm has brought over 3 feet of snow to parts of Colorado's mountains.
    
The highest snowfall reports from the storm that began Wednesday evening are in the Front Range mountains in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.
    
All roads on the park's east side were closed Thursday because of the heavy snow.
    
The snow has also postponed or moved some high school graduations and delayed the start of the state high school track meet. The tournament in suburban Denver will now have to be condensed into just Saturday and Sunday.
    
The snow and powerful winds has also hampered the search for a missing hiker in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
    
The search is expected to resume Monday, weather permitting.

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