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Colorado weather forecast: After snow blankets Colorado, a warmer holiday weekend is forecast

12:54 PM, Dec 23, 2011   |    comments
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SLIDESHOW: Pre-holiday weekend snow storm

The holiday weekend is looking quite temperate. Clear skies are expected statewide Friday with chilly highs in the lower 30s. The holiday weekend looks mild and dry with mostly sunny skies and highs in the 40s and possibly lower 50s on Christmas Day.

The Denver and Boulder areas, as well as most suburbs of Denver, saw anywhere between 8 to 14 inches of snow from the storm on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The foothills saw up to 12 and 36 inches, while northern Colorado including Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley, saw generally less than 6 inches of snowfall.

Denver officially recorded 7.3 inches of snow from Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon.  That brings the total for the month of December to 16.5 inches which is 10.5 inches above average.  The seasonal total for Denver is now 29.5 inches which is about 9 inches above average.

As for road conditions, Denver Public Works burned the midnight oil working on the streets Thursday.

"Road conditions are snowpacked and slick," Denver Public Works PIO Ann Williams said.

Snow reports as of 3 p.m. on Thursday: 

  • Arvada 11.0
  • Aspen Springs 17.5
  • Aurora 11.0
  • Boulder 14.5
  • Broomfield 10.5
  • Castle Pines 9.1
  • Castle Rock 10.2
  • Centennial 10.5
  • Conifer 21.1
  • Denver 10.0
  • Elizabeth 11.5
  • Estes Park 9.4
  • Evergreen 25.5
  • Fort Collins 6.3
  • Georgetown 8.0
  • Greeley 4.6
  • Highlands Ranch 9.0
  • Ken Caryl 11.3
  • Lakewood 9.8
  • Littleton 9.5
  • Loveland 10.0
  • Nederland 27.0
  • Northglenn 11.2
  • Parker 8.0
  • Pinecliffe 36.0
  • Thornton 8.5
  • Thornton 9.2
  • Westminster 12.1
  • Wheat Ridge 10.1

Steamboat Springs, Vail, Snowmass and Aspen saw 4 to 10 inches of snow. Areas surrounding the Continental Divide and down through the Sangre de Cristos got 6 to 12 inches of accumulation. 

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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