Estes Park just misses snow record

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ESTES PARK, Colo. -- The string of snow storms to hit the town of Estes Park could have set a record for April snow, had Wednesday’s storm come a day earlier.

With all the snow that has fallen on the town at 7,300 feet in the Rockies, many of the businesses are yet to open.

Yet the community still plans to host the big Duck Races for kids along with the horror film festival at the historic Stanley Hotel. Both events are slated to happen this weekend.

“For us, we just hope the snow brings much needed moisture to the area,” said tourist Ron Hinkle. “I can’t believe at home, in Arizona, it is 83 today but only 24 here.”

Because the streets are still fairly warm -- it was 79 in Estes Tuesday -- much of the snowfall didn’t stick to roads. But the pine trees were hanging on to the heavy, wet snow with no problem.

At the Park Theatre, which is the oldest movie house in the USA, they are going to go all digital this their 100th year of showing movies in the mountains. But, due to the snow they have pushed back the opening until May 24th to make sure folks can get to the theater.

While the elk roam and snow continues to fall, the town is taking the white stuff in stride, but most agree… enuf is enough!

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