Colorado braces for another spring storm |

Colorado braces for another spring storm

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Another mammoth snowmaker moved into Colorado Friday as this spring shapes up to be the snowiest period for a region thirsty for moisture.

Despite afternoon temperatures near 60, leaden clouds over Denver Friday foretold the region’s third snowstorm in less than two weeks.

Blizzard warnings were issued for northern and eastern Colorado Saturday, and forecasters predicted up to a foot and a half of snow would fall in the mountains by Saturday night. Metro Denver was expecting 5 to 10 inches, with more than a foot possible in the suburbs.

The heaviest snow was predicted for southwest Colorado, with 20 inches predicted for Ouray and Telluride.

The snowstorm is Colorado’s third in less than two weeks. In late March, a fast-moving snowmaker canceled hundreds of flights at Denver International Airport. Another storm last week caused traffic pileups resulting in three deaths.

Denver has received 11.4 inches of snow since spring began March 21.

Meteorologists said this spring is snowier than usual for Colorado, but not by much. “That’s the only time it snows here, you know?” joked National Weather Service meteorologist David Barjenbruch.

The snow is needed though. Denver’s annual rainfall total is less than half what it normally is, and Barjenbruch said the weekend blizzard rolling in was unlikely to erase moisture deficits.

Forecasts called for the storm to move out of Colorado by late Saturday or early Sunday.

In Denver, Frontier Airlines warned passengers that many Saturday flights would be canceled and advised travelers to book earlier flights if possible.

The storm caused the Air Force Academy to cancel its Founders Day parade on Saturday. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet canceled a Saturday tour of four Western Slope cities, where he was to meet with voters and talk about stimulus spending.

The American Red Cross Mile High Chapter said volunteers were preparing to help stranded motorists in the event Interstate 70 is closed Saturday.

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