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Spring snowstorm slams Rockies, heads east

March 23, 2013|By Paloma Esquivel
  • JC Hobbs directs his wife, Sarah, as they help pull a van and U-Haul truck up a hill outside Calhan, Colo., on Saturday in a snowstorm.
JC Hobbs directs his wife, Sarah, as they help pull a van and U-Haul truck… (Michael Ciaglo / Associated…)

DENVER -- A late-season snow storm swept across Colorado’s front range and began making its way onto the eastern plains and Midwest on Saturday.

The storm, which was causing havoc on the roadways, dropped about 8 to 12 inches of snow in Denver, Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, said in a telephone interview.

The snow led to multiple accidents and roadway closures. In one area, south of Fort Collins, between 20 and 50 vehicles had crashed or gone off the roadway, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

“The weather conditions are making for some very horrible driving conditions,” Trooper Joshua Lewis told The Times. "We’re highly encouraging people to just stay off the roadways if that’s at all possible.”

By Friday evening, the storm had already left its mark when a FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the U.S. Men's National Team and Costa Rica in Commerce City, Colo., was played in a barrage of snow, creating striking images of players braving the cold on a field blanketed in white. The U.S. team won 1-0.

Colorado’s snowfall was expected to begin winding down early Saturday evening as the storm makes its way east toward Kansas and Missouri.

Despite the traffic mayhem, the storm was a welcome event for drought-ridden Colorado.

“Every little bit does help,” Fredin said.

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paloma.esquivel@latimes.com

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