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Cars park along the side of U.S. Highway 40 just east of Steamboat Springs on Friday. Rabbit Ears Pass was closed for several hours Friday afternoon because of high winds and hazardous driving conditions.

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Winds wreak havoc

Weather forces closure of upper-mountain chairlifts, some highways

High winds forced the closure of many of the ski area's upper-mountain chairlifts. The weather also played havoc with transportation across the state, as highways and interstates were shut down for much of the day because of winds, snow and avalanche danger.

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