Plows try to reopen Colorado mountain road after summer snow

June 25, 2019
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This Sunday, June 23, 2019 photo provided by the National Park Service shows plows clearing snow from Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo. The plows encountered heavy snow and deep drifts at 12,080 feet above sea level and had to plow a path back down the road. Plows returned to the highway on Monday, June 24, and park officials said they would not reopen the route until conditions improved. (National Park Service via AP)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — A high-elevation road that traverses the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado is closed after a rare summer blizzard left ice and deep snowdrifts.

Plows encountered drifts up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) deep on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park Monday. The popular highway reaches 12,183 feet (3,713 meters) above sea level.

Park officials said the road will reopen once conditions improve but didn’t say when that might happen.

Wintry weather that lasted through the spring and into summer has kept the road closed longer than normal this year.

The highway opened for the first time this season on June 5, about a week later than usual. Park officials closed it Friday after another late-season storm brought deep snow, high winds and below-freezing temperatures.

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