Lingering rain, snow showers as Front Range digs out from spring snowstorm

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DENVER -- The cleanup will begin Monday after a strong spring storm dropped heavy, wet, dense snow across the Front Range, foothills, mountains and eastern Plains over the weekend.

Some areas in the foothill recorded more than 4 feet of snow.

Several trees toppled under the weight of the snow, causing property damage and hazards to drivers.  Across west metro Denver, damage to trees could be seen on nearly every block.

On South Upham Street in Lakewood, a car and a house were no match for a century-old cottonwood, which fell into a home on Sunday morning, West Metro Fire Rescue said. There were no injuries.

Officials told the homeowners the home was too dangerous to enter until the tree was removed.

Several power outages were recorded over the weekend, but most have been restored, Xcel Energy said.

Denver International Airport was returning to normal after 852 flights were canceled Saturday. United Airlines canceled all inbound and outbound flights because of the storm, and several airlines offered vouchers and waived fees to change flights.

More snow could be on the way for the next couple of days.

Another 4-10 inches could fall in the mountains, on Monday, but mostly south of the Denver metro area. Another 1-4 inches of snow could fall on the Palmer Divide and foothills, and the mountains could get 3-6 additional inches.

The snow will only brush the south metro area, but a dusting is possible along C-470 and E-470.

Part 3 of the storm moves in Tuesday afternoon with mountain and foothill snow showers, and rain showers are possible across the Front Range. Highs will climb into the 50s and help melt the large amount of snow that fell over the weekend.

The jet stream will reposition by Wednesday and warmer temperatures will move in through Saturday. Highs will climb into the 60s and 70s through Saturday before a few rain showers are possible on Sunday.

Two mountain school districts closed Monday because of the snow. The Summit School District canceled classes because there was not enough staff on hand after flights returning from spring break were canceled. And inclement weather and bad roads forced the Clear Creek School District to call off classes.

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