Colorado towns hit with 3 feet of snow. Happy May
- Author: Marlene Weaver May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 0:49
The storm won't cause any tree-breaking load of snow, unlike the April 29 storm.
Periods of heavy snow will be possible, with the worst of the weather expected to arrive Thursday night.
The 10-day forecast, which includes Memorial Day weekend, appears to be for dry weather, said Ben Moyer, a meteorologist with the Weather Service.
Other areas of Colorado received just as much snow during the late-season storm. More rain is expected Friday. 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.
The high country - from Silverthorne and Vail to Snowmass and Crested Butte - is also under a winter storm warning, where up to more than two feet of snow could drop.
Thunderstorms with snow were reportedly moving through Park County on Thursday at about 1 p.m.
An unseasonably late case of powder fever has gripped Colorado. All roads on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park were closed to vehicles until further notice, including U.S. 34 from the Fall River Entrance, U.S. 36 from the Beaver Meadows Entrance and Wild Basin Road.
The storm was expected to produce an additional 4 to 8 inches in the San Juan Mountains, north of Durango.
The Colorado National Guard, under executive order of Gov. John Hickenlooper, activated Thursday three "Snow Response Teams" to support local emergency responders in Douglas, Larimer and Weld counties. The heaviest rate of snow and greatest chance of slippery conditions around Denver will continue through Friday morning.