Strongest storm of winter hits state, more snow expected Tuesday

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DENVER -- The largest snow storm of the season moved out of the metro area by Monday morning, but only after dumping about 10 inches of powder.

The snow pelted Coal Creek Canyon harder than any other region in the state, with 27 inches falling on the corridor north of Golden and south of Boulder.

Around the rest of the front range, Longmont and Boulder had saw eight inches of snow. Wheat Ridge, Littleton, Loveland and Highlands Ranch all received 10 inches. Golden (11), Castle Rock (13), Genesee (14) and Conifer (19) all saw varying amounts.

The next winter storm system expected to hit the state arrives Tuesday. Jennifer Broome is expected accumulation in the metro area to be highest in the southern and western suburbs, where a couple of inches looks to be possible.

DIA cancelled 200 flights

More than 200 flight cancellations and countless delays strand passengers and DEnver International Airport -- some at the airport for hours.

“Flight got cancelled, can’t get out until Tuesday now,” says Matt Aden, visiting family in Denver and Evergreen from Missoula, Montana.

“You either laugh about it or cry about it. There’s nothing you can do anyways,” says Janet Busse of St. Paul, Nebraska.

She and her developmentally disabled daughter, Holly, are headed to Reno to compete in bowling for Special Olympics.

They hunkered down on the comforts of concrete, charging their cell phones and their enthusiasm for a seven-hour delay.

“We were supposed to be on an 11:45 a.m. flight to Reno and that flight was cancelled.  And they had us rescheduled for Tuesday. So we said, ‘No, we need to try to get out today.’ So now we’re waiting for a 7:15 (p.m.) flight,” she says.

The airport was experiencing delays Monday morning but all the runways were clear and open, spokesperson Laura Coale said.

Widespread closures, including all Denver libraries, various public venues and businesses and some CU Boulder operations, were reported Sunday. At least two national concert tours -- rapper Talib Kweli and children's music group Yo Gabba Gabba -- cancelled scheduled Denver shows Sunday, as well.

Denver Public Works announced Sunday that it would deploy residential plows over the next three days to help make side streets more passable.

"The residential plows do not bring the street to bare pavement; they only make the street more drivable and ultimately safer," the announcement read. "We consider deploying this program to be an emergency measure only used under specific criteria because it employs such expensive and extensive resources."

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia also announced that state government offices in Denver and surrounding suburban counties will open at 10 a.m. on Monday due to the snow. State facilities essential to public health and safety will maintain regular operating schedules and “essential personnel” will report to work at their normal scheduled time.

Blizzard and winter storm warnings throughout the region were all lifted as of Monday morning.

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