Colorado, Wyoming Snowstorms Make for Messy Mother's Day Travels

Image: Colorado, Wyoming Snowstorms Make for Messy Mother's Day Travels A pair of tulips stick out of a drift of snow in Denver after a spring storm packing heavy winds and up to six inches of snow swept over the Centennial State.

Monday, 12 May 2014 10:06 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Colorado and Wyoming snowstorms brought more than a foot of snow on Sunday in some areas of the states, leading to road closures and some car accidents as people attempted to visit loved ones on Mother's Day.

The severe weather prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm warning for most of northern Colorado and parts of southern Wyoming for all of Sunday and for Monday morning, The Associated Press reported.

Interstate 70, just west of Denver, and parts of Interstate 25, were among the Colorado roads closed due to the snowstorms.

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"May snow certainly isn't unheard of here in Colorado, even down in the Denver metro area," David Barjenbruch, a weather service meteorologist in Boulder, told the AP. "If we see the total accumulations that we are anticipating from this storm, we are certainly going to see a top 10 May snow event for the Denver metro area."

The snowfall, which ranged from four to 15 inches, was accompanied by frigid temperatures Sunday evening into Monday morning.

The severe weather also caused delays and cancellations at Denver International Airport overnight on Sunday.

"At this point we are seeing some delays with our airlines while they are getting their de-icing operations up and running, and we do expect the airlines to be fully de-icing in the morning," Denver International Airport spokeswoman Julie Smith said.

About 25 flights were canceled Monday morning because of the weather, The Denver Post reported.

While Denver's temperature is expected to remain frigid through Monday night, local forecasts predict an increase in temperatures to the low 60s by mid-week, likely melting away much of the slow that came down over the weekend.

In addition to the snow that blanketed parts of Colorado and Wyoming, the National Weather Service also issued thunderstorm and tornado warnings Sunday in Nebraska and Iowa.

Approximately 18,000 utility customers in Nebraska lost power Sunday as a result of the severe weather, of which some 6,200 people remained without power Monday morning, the AP noted.

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