DENVER (CBS4) – A winter storm that produced a record amount of liquid in Denver on Wednesday also brought slush Thursday morning.
As of 7 a.m. Thursday, the heaviest snow totals were in the foothills of Jefferson and Boulder counties where at least a foot of snow had accumulated in Nederland and Morrison.
Denver’s official snow total as of 7 a.m. was 4.6 inches, as measured at the airport. That brings the total for March in the city to 10.4 inches, more than 4 inches above normal. For the season, Denver has now received 44.4 inches of snow (the average for the entire season is 56.9 inches).
Most of the Denver metro area as well as Boulder, the foothills and the Palmer Divide remain under winter storm warnings through noon Thursday. Additional buildup will be less than 3 inches in most areas.
Flurries or light snow will be possible Thursday afternoon but no further accumulations are possible.
This storm produced very heavy, wet and melting snow thanks to near-freezing temperatures. For most of Wednesday evening, it was just warm enough for cold rain instead of snow across most of the Urban Corridor. This resulted in a record amount of liquid being measured in Denver. The previous March 16 rainfall record was set 150 years ago with 0.34 inches in 1872. Denver broke that record before midnight Wednesday night with 0.41 inches in the DIA rain gauge.
Snow will end statewide Thursday night and skies will be mostly clear Friday. The combination of clearing, light winds and fresh snow on the ground will make for an unusually cold night for the second half of March. Areas of Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins will drop to near 20 degrees Friday morning.
The next storm to reach Colorado will arrive Sunday evening through Monday. Right now, it looks like the metro area will get more rain than snow, but we’ll keep you posted!