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The Latest: I-70 in Colorado partially reopened after slide

May 21, 2019
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Jennifer Saultz sweeps the snow off her bushes outside her home on E. Willamette Avuene in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, May 21, 2019, after a spring snow storm left up to 19 inches of wet snow in parts of El Paso County. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)
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Jennifer Saultz sweeps the snow off her bushes outside her home on E. Willamette Avuene in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, May 21, 2019, after a spring snow storm left up to 19 inches of wet snow in parts of El Paso County. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a late spring snow storm in the Rockies (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Interstate 70 in western Colorado has partially reopened after a rock slide.

Eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of I-70 were open to vehicles Tuesday in Glenwood Canyon. The state transportation department warns that drivers should expect periodic lengthy delays as work to clean up debris and prevent new slides continues.

The rock slide brought down several rocks as large as SUVs but no vehicles were hit.

It came after a late spring storm dumped heavy, wet snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming, cancelling flights and snapping newly greened up tree limbs.

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1:35 p.m.

Interstate 70 in western Colorado has partially reopened after a rock slide.

Eastbound lanes of I-70 were opened to vehicles Tuesday but westbound lanes remain closed in Glenwood Canyon. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports lanes could still be periodically closed as work to clean up the debris and to try to prevent another slide continues.

The rock slide brought down several rocks as large as SUVs but no vehicles were hit.

It came after a late spring storm dumped heavy, wet snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming, cancelling flights and snapping newly greened up tree limbs.

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10:45 a.m.

A late spring storm has dumped heavy, wet snow in Colorado and Wyoming, cancelling flights and snapping newly greened up tree limbs.

The check in lines were long at Denver International Airport Tuesday morning with travelers from earlier canceled flights hoping to fly out.

In western Colorado, a rock slide has closed Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River. The area is prone to slides especially following wet weather and temperature fluctuations. No vehicles were hit by the rocks.

Denver’s airport got 3.4 inches (8.6 centimeters) of snow but some areas near Colorado Springs got a foot (0.3 meters) or more. Downed tree limbs littered streets in metro Denver. May snowfall is fairly common there but usually not this late.

Up to 9 inches (22.8 centimeters) of snow was reported in the Cheyenne, Wyoming area.