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Snowstorm Pounds Colorado, Locations Near Denver Buried Under 4 Feet

By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) - Heavy snow from a slow and potent spring storm buried the foothills near Denver with anywhere from 30-50 inches of snow over the weekend and it was still falling at a moderate rate as of mid-morning on Sunday.

Zorg, a 130-pound Bernese Mountain dog, sizing up how to get through nearly 4 feet of heavy wet snow. (credit: CBS4 Weather Watcher John Baich)

The snow was caused by a large area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere that was sitting and spinning over the central Rockies, drawing moisture from as far away as the Gulf of Mexico.

(credit: CBS4/Colorado's Weather Center)

The spring snow, packed full of moisture, was weighing down trees and power lines. Some power outages have been reported.

The storm brought an entire month's worth of water to the region in just two days.

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(credit: CBS4/Colorado's Weather Center)
(credit: CBS4/Colorado's Weather Center)

In the Denver metro area, totals were lighter, but still significant. The southern suburbs reported a widespread 1-2 feet of snow with lighter amounts to the north and east of the city.

As of 6 a.m. on April 17 Denver's official weather station had measured 12.1 inches of snow.

(credit: CBS4/Colorado's Weather Center)
(credit: CBS4/Colorado's Weather Center)

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Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

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