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Snowstorms blanket parts of Colorado, Utah, Nevada

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A band of winter storms that brought more than a foot of snow to southwest Colorado briefly closed some mountain passes for avalanche control work Sunday and prompted travel warnings for parts of Nevada and southern Utah.

Avalanche control work briefly shut down U.S. 160 over Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado during the morning, and Colorado 65 at Grand Mesa was closed by an avalanche. There was no report of anyone trapped.

An avalanche early Saturday also closed the heavily traveled Interstate 70 over Vail Pass for several hours. No injuries were reported, though at least one vehicle skidded into the pile of snow after the slide.

The National Weather Service said a spotter in Silverton reported about 17 inches of snow from the weekend storm, and Silverton Mountain reported 38 inches of new snow in the last 48 hours at the ski area. Most of western Colorado is under a winter storm warning until noon Monday.

Weather service forecaster Mike Chamberlain said the storm was favoring the southwest Colorado mountains and parts of the central Colorado mountains.

"Where we need it most is the northern mountains, and they seem to be getting the lowest amounts," he said.

Snowpack totals are closely watched because they help predict how much spring runoff will be available for farming and municipal water systems.

In southern Utah, the weather service issued a special warning for the Zion National Park region, which was expected to get several inches of snow Sunday at low elevations, making for slippery driving.

The storm was also expected to pass through Nevada, where that state's Department of Transportation said chains or snow tires were required on many highways. Around Carson City, mountains were likely to get a foot of snow.