Almost 24 inches of snow was dumped in the Colorado mountains Tuesday by a powerful storm.
Subsequently, as many as 425 flights at the Denver airport were cancelled. Highways became slippery to drive on because of the ice and snow. Todd Dankers, National Weather Service meteorologist, said, “It’s going to be western Nebraska’s turn next. It’s going to end up eventually in Minnesota.”
The storm, the first of the season for most parts of Colorado and Utah, forced closure of schools. NBC News reports that some flights at the Denver International Airport were delayed by more than four hours after the storm dumped seven inches of snow there.
Ice and snow was collected in huge volumes along more than 600 miles of the Colorado Interstate highways. Isolated areas of Colorado’s eastern plains experienced strong gusts at 58 miles per hour. Wyoming state line to Castle Rock and other areas in northeastern Colorado were issued a winter storm warning. National Weather Service warns that snow and strong winds could reduce the visibility to one-half mile in some areas.
More delays at the Denver International Airport are possible because of extreme weather conditions, as reported by the Denver Post. Travelers were urged to check with their airlines regarding any delays.
The Colorado town of Merino witnessed drifts three to four feet deep. While schools and town offices remained shuttered, a few businesses were open. Jada Gettman, who owns Grandpa’s restaurant, one of the businesses that were open, said, “I think we’re just more used to it. The snowing and blowing doesn’t affect us as much.”
The west-central mountains near McClure Pass reported about 24 inches of snow. As much as 17 inches of snow fell in the town of Larkspur, Colorado, and up to a foot was reported in cities along the north-south Interstate 25. The Colorado plains witnessed four to eight inches of snow.
Majority of the West Coast remained dry, experiencing below average temperatures. The morning low on Tuesday was recorded as -13 degrees in Bridgeport, California and 6 degrees in Big Bear City, California.