Strongest storm of winter hits state, more snow expected Tuesday

DENVER — The largest storm of the winter so far pummeled Denver Sunday, with nine inches being the final accumulation tally for the metro area. And there’s more on the way.

The snow pelted Coal Creek Canyon harder than any other region in the state, with 27 inches hammering 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.

While the metro area didn’t see the most snow over the weekend, it still saw significant accumulation Sunday, with Denver International Airport reporting more than 200 cancelled flights.

The airport was experiencing delays due to deicing procedures and slowdowns at airports elsewhere in the country, but all of its 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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