Storm making it a White Christmas across Colorado
DENVER A winter storm moving eastward across Colorado delivered a White Christmas to many parts of the state on Tuesday, the second straight year with snow on the holiday.Up to 5 inches fell in parts of the city Tuesday morning and 7 inches were reported in areas to the west and southwest of Denver, about as much snow as was originally expected to fall by the end of the day.The storm also brought snow to the northern and central Colorado mountains, with the Steamboat Springs ski resort reporting 11 inches of new snow. The storm was also moving through southern and central Wyoming, said Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Denver.The storm was expected to spread to areas north of Boulder and parts of the northeast and southeast plains later in the day and strong winds could cause blowing and drifting snow.Denver International Airport remained open although a handful of flights were listed as delayed. Meanwhile, United Airlines canceled about 50 flights in Denver about 14 percent of its scheduled departures as well as some in Chicago to catch up from delays caused by the Midwest storm that had a ripple effect on airports during the busy holiday travel weekend.Since Tuesday is a light travel day, United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said the airline was using it to move planes and crews to the airports where they need to be to carry holiday travelers home. She says flights werent crowded so passengers on flights canceled Tuesday have been moved to other ones.The snowfall follows last years 0.2 inches that fell in Denver on top of 15 inches left over from a blizzard that started Dec. 20 that paralyzed the city and closed Denvers airport for 45 hours.Before last year, the last time snow fell on Christmas in the Mile High City was in 2000, when the official reading at the old Stapleton Airport was 0.9 inches.The snowiest Christmases in Denver were in 1982 where there were 24 inches of snow on the ground and 0.2 inches of new snow, and 1913s 19 inches of snow on the ground. Last year was third snowiest Christmas on record.
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