Homes in Estes Park, Colo., are covered in 25 inches of snow Friday. (NOAA ESRL)

A heavy late-season snowstorm plastered Colorado Thursday. Snow totals up to 42 inches fell in the high elevations, and several of the state’s cities reported accumulating snow.

The weight of the heavy, wet snow on trees in full bloom snapped branches and led to thousands of power outages. The snow also closed roads and schools in parts of the state.

In Estes Park, where 31 inches fell, a barn collapsed from the snow’s heft:

Posted by Estes Park News, Inc. on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Around Denver, snowfall varied substantially depending on location. Just a trace was officially recorded at Denver International Airport, but Broomfield, 25 miles to the northeast, picked up 4.8 inches.

Here are some select snowfall totals across the state (link: interactive map):

  • Allenspark: 42 inches
  • Aurora: 2 inches
  • Boulder: 3.8 inches
  • Breckenridge: 16.5 inches
  • Colorado Springs: 3.5 inches
  • Crested Butte: 6.2 inches
  • Denver International Airport: Trace
  • Estes Park: 31 inches
  • Fort Collins: 7.5 inches
  • Golden: 13.5 inches
  • Nederland: 28 inches
  • Steamboat Spring: 12 inches
  • Vail: 10 inches
  • Ward: 42 inches

The snow fell as a deep pool of cold air dropped into the Rockies while, at the same time, a disturbance punched out of the southwestern United States that triggered severe thunderstorms in the Southern Plains.

Below find some photos of the spring snow …


Boulder and foothills

Colorado Springs



Estes Park