Spring storm snarls plans across Colorado

Long-term forecast hints at dry conditions for Memorial Day weekend

Justin Shannon, of Chico, California, uses a kayak to sled down the hill Thursday at Tantra Park in Boulder. Enlarge photo

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Justin Shannon, of Chico, California, uses a kayak to sled down the hill Thursday at Tantra Park in Boulder.

A powerful spring storm swept through the state Thursday, dumping more than 2 feet of snow in the foothills west of Denver and rain in Durango.

Heavy snowfall forced the cancellation of graduation ceremonies and postponed the state high school track championship meet until the weekend, when conditions are expected to improve, The Denver Post reported. Colorado State University closed because heavy snow was breaking tree branches.

The worst is yet to come for towns on the Front Range such as Conifer and Nederland, John Kyle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said Thursday evening. “They are bracing for an additional foot of snow over tonight and tomorrow.”

According to the Post, the Colorado National Guard activated three response teams Thursday to support local emergency responders in Douglas, Larimer and Weld counties.

Highways throughout the state were wet, icy and snowpacked, and chain laws were in effect in some areas.

A large area of low pressure over Southwest Colorado will slowly move out to the plains over the next 24 to 36 hours, Kyle said.

Kyle said to expect rain and snow showers through Friday, but Saturday should be mostly sunny.

“The winter storm advisory for the San Juans is still in effect through 6 p.m. Friday,” Kyle added.

The storm was expected to produce an additional 4 to 8 inches in the San Juan Mountains, north of Durango.

Saturday’s high is expected to be in the low 60s in Durango, and Sunday’s high will approach 70 degrees.

The 10-day forecast, which includes Memorial Day weekend, appears to be for dry weather, said Ben Moyer, a meteorologist with the Weather Service.

That would be good news for the thousands of bicyclists who plan to participate in this year’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. But Moyer warned it’s too early to make precise predictions.

An RTD bus is stranded along Colorado Highway 119 at Boulder Falls Thursday during a steady snow in Boulder canyon. A rare May snow dump across Colorado has prompted some emergency warming shelters to re-open after being closed for the season. Enlarge photo

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An RTD bus is stranded along Colorado Highway 119 at Boulder Falls Thursday during a steady snow in Boulder canyon. A rare May snow dump across Colorado has prompted some emergency warming shelters to re-open after being closed for the season.

Susan Sullivan, of Boulder, shovels the sidewalk in front of her house on Emerson Street in the spring snowstorm Thursday in Boulder. Enlarge photo

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Susan Sullivan, of Boulder, shovels the sidewalk in front of her house on Emerson Street in the spring snowstorm Thursday in Boulder.

A webcam image shows a wet road surface and snow along the shoulders Thursday morning on Red Mountain Pass. A spring storm is expected to linger through Friday in the San Juan Mountains. Enlarge photo

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A webcam image shows a wet road surface and snow along the shoulders Thursday morning on Red Mountain Pass. A spring storm is expected to linger through Friday in the San Juan Mountains.

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