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    Posted February 3, 2012 by
    Evergreen, Colorado
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    It’s gonna be a SNOW DAY for Denver, Colorado


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Swinden and his wife awoke at 3 a.m. to see how much snow fell outside their home in Evergreen, Colorado. Swinden said it's the first major snowstorm of the year and they received about a foot of snow overnight. Swinden works in crisis management for corporations. 'I let them know when severe weather will affect business operations and travel … like today’s storm,' he said. As of this morning, he measured 16 inches of snow.
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    Evergreen, COLORADO – It is shortly after 3 am in morning here in the mountains west of Denver, and we cannot sleep….because it is going to be a SNOW DAY! Snow started in the Front Range about 6 pm last night and currently there is a foot on the ground. We are expecting about two feet by Saturday morning when the storm completely moves out of the region.


    With a major winter storm pummeling the Denver metro area and adjacent Front Range Mountains and Foothills, we are actually looking forward to this welcome bout of old man winter because it has been a dry winter with little or no snow here in Colorado. However the Colorado ski resorts will not get any of this snow as most of the snow will be east of the Continental Divide and in the Plains.


    With what will surely be a record breaking snow storm for the Denver metro area as the average snowfall for all of February is only 7 plus inches – the 20 plus inches of snow through Saturday morning will close schools, cancel hundreds of flights, and cause life-threatening blizzard conditions in the plains just east of Denver to western Kansas and Nebraska.


    Saturday Morning Update – Today is dig out day as just light snow flurries in the Denver metro and foothills.  Parts of the Denver metro picked up a record breaking 20 inches of snow while parts of the adjacent Front Range Foothills picked up two to four feet of badly needed snow.   In a typical February, Denver will only receive around seven inches of snow for the entire month.

    All winter storm and blizzard warnings have been dropped.  Roads and highways from Denver to Kansas are still closed as of this morning.  After canceling nearly 600 flights yesterday, Denver International Airport is operating as normal while airlines try to get through the backlog of travelers.

    Unfortunately, none of the major Colorado ski areas received any of this beneficial snow.  This has been a dry ski season with many ski resorts still not up to 100% open.


    Story, video, and photos by Matt Swinden

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