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Say It isn’t snow: Breathtaking CO Snow & Highest Paved Road Closed

6 Oct 2015, 9:35 pm

A Sign of the Season
Mount evens.1

The highest paved road in North America is officially closing for the winter, a few weeks later than usual thanks to a snowy spring.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials closed the road leading to the top of Mount Evans on Monday, a few weeks later than the more typical early September closure.

A series of spring snowstorms kept the roadway closed later this year, according to WeatherNation affiliate 9News in Denver. The road is usually closed for the winter and much of the fall and spring months due to harsh weather.

Less than 40 miles from central Denver, Mount Evans features prominently on the city’s skyline, and snow can sometimes be seen year-round on the 14,140 peak.

Mount evens.2Mount Evans, like many of Colorado’s so-called 53 peaks that stand 14,000 feet or above, is known for its fast-changing weather. Hail-producing thunderstorms with frequent lightning strikes and gusty winds appear in the blink of an eye during the summer, while feet of snow pile on top of peaks for at least nine months a year, and sometimes during the summer as well.

This weekend, however, calmer and warmer-than-average conditions look to be in store for the now-closed roadway and much of the Centennial State.
(Images: Colorado Department of Transportation)

First Snow of the Year in Telluride, Colorado

According to TellurideSkiResort: We’ve been teasing it for the past few weeks and this morning, we woke up to the first true signs of winter. A storm blew through overnight, leaving the surrounding mountains covered in a dusting of pure white snow. The contrast against the bright yellow and orange Aspen trees is something to behold, so we’ll let the video speak for itself.

If this doesn’t get you a bit more excited for winter, we don’t know what will. We’re hard at work getting the mountain ready for opening day on November 26th , and can’t wait to see you this season!

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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