Storm predicted to bring snow to high country, Front Range through Friday

Candice Alexander
May 20, 2017

The storm won't cause any tree-breaking load of snow, unlike the April 29 storm.

More snow is forecast Friday before it tapers off Saturday.

An unseasonably late case of powder fever has gripped Colorado.

The worst is yet to come for towns on the Front Range such as Conifer and Nederland, John Kyle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said Thursday evening.

"In the highest elevations, accumulations will reach 3 feet", he added.

Thunderstorms with snow were reportedly moving through Park County on Thursday at about 1 p.m.

In Denver proper, forecasters are still calling for up to 6 inches of snow to pile up by the end of the storm. US-36 was closed multiple times on Thursday, with officials opening US-34 until 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Nineteen inches of snow fell on Arapahoe Basin on Thursday.

Prior to this event, the last measurable snowfall (greater than 0.10 of an inch) in both cities was on April 29. Thousands of people were without power as the heavy snow weighed down power lines.

A powerful spring storm swept through the state Thursday, dumping more than 2 feet of snow in the foothills west of Denver and rain in Durango.

Saturday's high is expected to be in the low 60s in Durango, and Sunday's high will approach 70 degrees.

There will be plenty of melting with temperatures climbing to 40 degrees.

"Once this system goes through, a warming trend will begin and much of the snow will melt quickly, but temperatures will remain about 10 degrees below normal into early next week", Adamson said.

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