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Snow Closes Trail Ridge Road On First Day Of Summer

ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4)- Snow forced officials to briefly close Trail Ridge Road on the first day of summer. Trail Ridge Road in Rocky is the highest continuous paved road in the United States - reaching 12,183 feet in elevation.

Alpine Visitor Center (credit: National Park Service)

The road was closed between Gore Range Overlook and County Road 20E, CDOT tweeted Friday morning. It reopened within a few hours.

Crews try to open the popular road by Memorial Day weekend, but late spring snow kept the road closed until June 5 this year.

The Alpine Visitor Center and Trail Ridge Store (elevation 11,796 feet) were still buried almost up to their roofs on May 31.

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The snow was associated with a slow moving storm that will impact Colorado for the entire first weekend of summer.

Colorado Weather: First Summer Weekend To Bring Snowstorm To Rockies

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of the northern and central mountains starting Friday night. By the time Sunday arrives some places could see up to 10 inches of new snow.

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