Heavy snow fell in Colorado this week
- Author: Carlos Nash May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 0:47
"The heavy, wet snow combined with many trees that already have their leaves will result in potential downed branches, which could take down power lines and cause power outages", AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson said.
Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says the Glacier Basin Campground at an elevation of 8,500 feet had 31 inches on the ground Thursday afternoon, and it is still snowing heavily. Light snow or rain is possible through Friday evening but no additional accumulation is expected.
"Snowfall (will be) moderate to heavy at times especially in areas west of I-25 and on the higher terrain of the Palmer Divide through Friday morning", the weather service said in its warning. A video posted to Instagram shows a group of residents making the most out of the snow by jumping on their snow buried trampoline and engaging in a friendly snow ball fight.
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More snow is forecast Friday before it tapers off Saturday. The deepest snow was reported in the mountain towns of Allenspark and Ward south of Estes Park.
Grouse Mountain in British Columbia just reopened after a storm brought about 10 new inches of white stuff. The heaviest rate of snow and greatest chance of slippery conditions around Denver will continue through Friday morning.
Nineteen inches of snow fell on Arapahoe Basin on Thursday.
"Highs will be closer to what is normally seen during the middle of winter, with temperatures around 30 degrees below normal through Friday", Adamson said.