Snowy Wednesday

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Commuters skidded to work on icy roads and dozens of schools closed for the day Wednesday as a powerful winter storm brought rain, snow and freezing wind to Colorado.

The storm moved in Tuesday after crippling parts of the West Coast. It caused scores of traffic accidents in Colorado -- including at least one fatality.

More than a dozen school districts on the Eastern Plains canceled classes Wednesday. Others, including several in the Colorado Springs area, delayed the start of classes to give students and teachers more time to travel.

Even schools in winter-hardy Aspen closed for the day, but the fresh powder sent many grown-ups to the ski slopes.

Most major highways were open, but many were icy and snowpacked, and some lanes were closed.

Almost five inches of snow fell in northern Colorado near Fort Collins. Between two and three inches fell around the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas.

Avalanche warnings remain in effect in the southern mountains.

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