Cold weather lingers after powerful storm

DENVER – A storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow in the Denver area and more over parts of eastern Colorado has moved east, but lingering cold temperatures could keep the snow from melting for at least a couple of days.

NWS Meteorologist David Barjenbruch says that the “main punch of the storm moved east into the central plains.”

Parts of Colorado and northwest Kansas spent Sunday digging out from 10 to 15 inches of snow that were dumped Saturday. Winds gusting at speeds of up to 45 mph created snow drifts of 2 to 3 feet in the three states, said Ryan Husted, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kan.

The National Weather Service says highs in the Denver area were expected to reach only the mid-20s Sunday, and another storm system moving in later in the day could bring another couple of inches of snow.

Highs in the 30s and 40s are expected today and Tuesday before making way for highs in the 50s Wednesday.

Saturday’s storm forced officials to close several highways, including Interstate 25 south of Fort Collins because of multiple accidents and Interstate 70 east of Denver to Kansas because of blizzard conditions. I-70 and I-25 were reopened by Sunday.

Saturday’s snowfall also forced the cancellation of 223 flights at Denver International Airport.