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12:09 PM, Apr 24, 2010   |    comments
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According to 9NEWS Meteorologist Ashton Altieri, the Denver, Boulder and Aurora areas saw nearly 2.5 inches of rain from Wednesday through early Saturday morning. That amount almost doubles the yearly precipitation amount for Denver.

Greeley had seen 1.44 inches of rain by Saturday morning while Fort Collins has measured 1.41 inches.

The precipitation was nearly all snow for communities south and west of the immediate metro area. Locations such as Castle Rock, Franktown, Highlands Ranch and Parker reported 10 to 15 inches of snow with isolated higher amounts.

The Front Range mountains had seen 10 to 24 inches by early Saturday morning.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY continues for most of the northern and central mountains in Colorado including the Interstate 70 corridor through Summit and Eagle Counties through 6 p.m. Saturday. These areas will see little additional accumulation but blowing snow will limit visibility especially over mountain passes.

Dangerous road conditions in Douglas County on Friday forced officials to close the courthouses and the Douglas County School District also closed early due to the weather. District officials said middle and high schools closed at 12:30 p.m. and all elementary schools closed at 1 p.m. In addition, all afterschool activities were cancelled.

The storm responsible for the heavy rain and snow on Friday and Saturday is the same weather system that brought numerous severe thunderstorms to Colorado on Thursday.

There were a total of 15 tornado reports in Colorado Thursday, but according to 9NEWS Meteorologist Ashton Altieri, it is likely that only five weak tornadoes touched down in rural areas of eastern Colorado. Three of them were in Bent and Kiowa Counties, near Eads and Las Animas, and the other two were in eastern Adams and Arapahoe Counties near Deer Trail and Leader around 3:30 p.m.

There were no reports of significant damage or injures.

There were also numerous reports of hail around the Denver metro area on Thursday with hail stones up to the size of golf balls being reporting in Parker and southeast Aurora near E-470.

For people in Bennett, it was the second day in a row of heavy hail.

"It's been pretty unreal. Yesterday it went for about 30, 35 minutes straight, so it's not as bad as yesterday, but pretty intense," Dustin Johnson, a Bennett resident, said. "We got inches. There's nowhere for the water to go now, so we're going to flood out a little bit."

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