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November 15, 2009
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Storm brings up to a foot of snow to Denver area

DENVER, Colorado - A blast of winter brought several inches to a foot of snow to the Denver area and across Colorado's Front Range Sunday.

Bands of heavy snow that fell late Saturday blanketed parts of the Front Range and eastern plains in a very short span of time. Up to a foot fell in the foothills and suburbs west of Denver with amounts ranging from 4 to 8 inches across the rest of the metro area and onto the eastern plains.

The mountains in southwestern Colorado were expected to get up to 2 feet of snow.

Forecasters said the storm would produce up to a foot of snow for Denver and most neighborhoods along the Interstate 25 corridor before tapering off Sunday afternoon. Foothills and mountains east of Vail Pass should see up to 16 inches.

"Our storm is slowly winding down," said Robert Koopmeiners, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The storm that originated in the Pacific Northwest didn't have much energy, Koopmeiners said. "But it was enough to make us some snow," he said.

The snow had stopped over much of western Colorado by late morning Sunday. The National Weather Service canceled several of the storm warnings and watches for the area.

But the warnings stayed in place for Colorado's eastern plains, where rain and sleet changed to snow Sunday. Forecasters said 4 to 8 inches of snow could pile up in northeastern and east-central Colorado by evening with another 1 to 2 inches falling overnight.

As highway accidents mounted as a result of the weather, the Colorado State Patrol closed Interstate 70 in both directions between Floyd Hill and Morrison for a few hours but reopened it early Sunday.

The Colorado Department of Transportation had 72 snowplows on the roads in the Denver area about 30 on I-70 west of Denver to Vail, spokeswoman Mindy Crane said. Hundreds of plows were dispatched statewide.

Denver International Airport reported 4.5 inches of snow by Sunday morning. Airport officials said four of the six runways were open and about 200 pieces of snow-removal equipment were working to keep the snow cleared.

Airport officials said some flights had been canceled.

Frontier Airlines said there might be some delays Sunday, but it didn't expect any major disruptions in service.

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Information from KUSA-TV


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