Storm Dumps Snow on Rockies, Plains -- More Forecast

DENVER (AP) - A storm bringing the first heavy snows of the season to a large swath of the Rockies has crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming with up to 2 feet of snow, and leaving residents and travelers bracing for twice that.

Forecasters said some areas high in the Rocky Mountains could have 4 feet of snow by the time the storm moves out today. Multi-car pileups were reported in Colorado and Wyoming, with countless fender-benders across the region.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation says at least 70 crashes occurred on Wyoming highways, mainly along Interstate 80. Nine crashes caused injuries but there were no reports of fatalities.

Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesman Bruce Burrows said Wednesday "People are just not slowing down enough." A National Weather Service meteorologist says high winds blowing as fast as 40 mph and more snowfall are expected to cause "treacherous" driving conditions in Wyoming.

Winter storm warnings remain in effect for the Laramie and Rawlins areas until noon, and Cheyenne until 6 p.m. this evening.

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