Late-season winter storm brings wet, heavy snow to metro Denver

DENVER — Light snow was expected off and on in Denver during the day Saturday. The heaviest snowfall occurred overnight.

Communities south of the city and west in the foothills received the most snow.

Tree damage in Littleton. Photo: Greg Jacobs

Residents were urged to safely knock snow off of tree branches as the heavy, wet nature of the late-season snow weighed down on branches.

There were reports of tree damage in places where the heaviest snow fell, especially south of the city.

Xcel Energy reported a few minor power outages Saturday morning.

Strong wind and bitter cold helped ice roads in the region.

Eastbound Interstate 70 was closed at Silverthorne in the mountains for several hours late Friday night because of multiple spinouts on the slick highway.

Westbound lanes at Morrison just west of Denver were also closed late Friday for the same reason.

The winter storm warning for Denver was canceled early Saturday. It continued for communities west along the Front Range and south, including Castle Rock. The warning was also up until 6 p.m. for the entire southeastern portion of the state.

Storm totals

Accumulation overnight in the city ranged from 2-6 inches. Areas south and west of the city over higher terrain received 5-10 inches, with some getting 12-plus inches.

A trained spotter for the National Weather Service reported almost 22 inches of snow in Genesee.

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Additional accumulation will be light in Denver on Saturday. Any additional snow past the lunch hour will more than likely melt and not add to totals.

Sunshine comes back on Sunday into Monday with highs in the 50s that should help melt away a good deal of the snow.

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