A blizzard in April? Yes, this is Colorado
The bomb cyclone forecasters were warning people about didn’t disappoint, as snow began falling on Colorado’s central mountains and much of the state Wednesday morning.
The storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue warnings across the state, including a winter storm warning for the central mountains and a blizzard warning across the Front Range, as snowfall continued across the state throughout the day.
The April snowstorm also forced the Colorado Department of Transportation to close portions of Interstate 70, left law enforcement officials urging people to stay off the roads and had Denver International Airport canceling hundreds of flights in and out of the airport on Wednesday and Thursday.
According to the NWS, the snowfall should end across northeastern Colorado by early Thursday afternoon, though light snow showers could continue across the High Country through the night.
As powerful storm system moves away from the state, blowing snow will remain a concern for much of the state with winds of 35-55 mph expected on Front Range and across the Eastern Plains, according to the NWS.
The NWS says cool and unsettled weather could continue across north central and northeastern Colorado on Friday and Saturday, as a weaker storm system moves across the state.
Warmer and drier weather could show up on Sunday and Monday, as upper-level high pressure builds over the Rocky Mountains with isolated to light showers and storms, mainly in the mountains.
Though Keystone Resort closed for the season last weekend, the snow in the forecast was a welcome sight for the ski resorts still churning lifts, including Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.
On Twitter, Breckenridge lauded the possibility of getting 3-7 inches of new snow during the daytime hours Wednesday. Meanwhile, A-Basin tweeted on Tuesday that the ski area had its “fingers crossed” for another powder day.
Some predictions said the mountains could see as much as a foot of new snow by the time this weekend rolls around.
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