ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — The Latest on Colorado’s May snow storm (all times local):
A campsite at Rocky Mountain National Park has received about 2 ½ feet (0.61 meters) of snow from a powerful spring storm that’s moving across Colorado.
Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says the Glacier Basin Campground at an elevation of 8,500 feet (2,591 meters) had 31 inches on the ground Thursday afternoon, and it is still snowing heavily. Similar amounts were reported in the mountain towns of Ward and Allenspark south of the national park.
All roads on the park’s east side were closed Thursday because of the heavy snow.
Heavy snow and powerful winds are hampering the search for a missing hiker in southern Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
National Park Service officials said Thursday that conditions in the high-altitude area have become too dangerous for search and rescue crews. The search was launched Sunday after someone noticed that a car had been parked in a backcountry access lot for several days.
It covers 14 square miles (36 sq. kilometers) of rugged terrain in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area around Mount Herard, a 13,000-foot (3,962-meter) peak.
The hiker, whose name and age have not been released, entered the park May 8 and did not leave an itinerary or travel plan.
The search is expected to resume Monday, weather permitting.
Rocky Mountain National Park says all roads on the park’s east side have been closed because of heavy snow from a spring storm.
Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said at least 2 feet had fallen in some areas by Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service says 30 inches of snow or more fell in the mountain towns of Ward and Allenspark south of the national park.
Cities along the urban Front Range corridor reported up to 6 inches.
Much of central and northwestern Colorado was under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Friday.
Colorado State University has closed its Fort Collins campus because of the danger of falling tree limbs as a spring storm brings heavy snow to parts of the state.
University spokesman Tony Phifer says the grounds were closed at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
The National Weather Service said up to 16.7 inches of snow fell in the mountain resort town of Breckenridge and 10 inches in the western Colorado town of Marble.
Cities along the urban Front Range corridor reported between a half inch and 3 inches.
Snow tires or chains were required on many mountain highways, include parts of Interstate 70. U.S. 287 was closed from north of Fort Collins to the Wyoming border.
Most of the western half of the state was under a winter storm warning, a winter weather advisory or a freeze watch.
A rare May snow dump across Colorado has prompted some emergency warming shelters to re-open after being closed for the season.
The Daily Camera reports that shelters in Boulder re-opened for Wednesday and Thursday nights only, as goopy wet snow blanketed the region.
Fliers distributed by Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow described the warming shelters as “one time only.”
The spring storm was expected to dump a few inches along the Front Range. Some mountain areas were reporting more than a foot of snow by early Thursday. Three high schools in Jefferson County west of Denver had to reschedule or move their graduation ceremonies.
The National Weather Service has warned that the unusual storm could cause flooding.