The Latest: Blizzard warnings discontinue in Rockies
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the spring snowstorm that hit Colorado and Wyoming (all times local):
The National Weather Service has canceled the last blizzard warning in the Rockies as the spring snowstorm finally winds down in Colorado and Wyoming.
Blizzard warnings had remained in effect Thursday morning for the northeastern corner of the Colorado, but that has been downgraded to a winter weather advisory as the storm slowly loosens its grip.
In addition, all major interstates in the two states are now open.
The storm that hit Wednesday dumped over a foot of snow in some areas, snarled airline traffic and created hazardous driving conditions.
All major interstate highways in Colorado are now open to traffic.
Colorado Department of Transportation crews have reopened the last stretch of Interstate 76 in the northeast corner of the state.
I-76 and I-70 east of Denver were both closed by the spring snowstorm that struck the state Wednesday and early Thursday.
Authorities say some highways remain closed and motorists still need to be wary of slick areas on the roads that are open.
Forecasters say northern Colorado will warm up slowly after this week’s snowstorm, minimizing the danger of flooding.
National Weather Service hydrologist Triste (TRIS’-tay) Huse said Thursday that daytime temperatures will reach only into the 40s for the next few days and dip below freezing at night.
Huse says deep winter snows in the Colorado mountains could worsen the flood danger in May, however.
The water content in the mountain snow on Thursday ranged from more than 110% of normal in the northern part of the state to more than 150% in the southwest.
Interstate 70 has reopened in northeast Colorado, but slick areas still persist.
Colorado Department of Transportation crews are still working to reopen more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) of Interstate 76 from near Denver to the Nebraska border.
All major interstates in Wyoming are open although eastbound I-80 in the southeast corner of the state is closed because of bad weather in Nebraska.
However, authorities warn motorists that many highways and roads remain slick and hazardous in the wake of the spring snowstorm.
Parts of Wyoming and Colorado are digging out Thursday from a spring snowstorm that dumped over a foot (30.5 centimeters) of snow in some places.
The National Weather Service says about 15 inches (38.1 centimeters) of snow fell near Pine Bluffs in the southeast corner of Wyoming. Cheyenne received just over 7 inches (17.7 centimeters) and its snowfall on Wednesday broke a record for April 10 that had stood since 1905.
In Colorado, 9 inches (22.8 centimeters) fell in the Fort Collins area and about 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in the Denver metro area. Around a foot was recorded in the mountains.
A Colorado State Patrol trooper has been injured in a weather related accident.
The trooper was investigating an accident on U.S. 160 in Montezuma County about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when his patrol car was hit from behind. Snow had caused dangerous travel conditions.
During the March 13 blizzard, state trooper Cpl. Daniel Groves was struck and killed by a car as he helped a driver who had slid off Interstate 76 north of Denver.
The “bomb cyclone” fizzled but the spring snowstorm that hit Colorado and Wyoming still left behind hazardous road conditions, snarled airport traffic and wintertime temperatures.
Blizzard conditions persisted in the northeast corner of Colorado Thursday morning, but blizzard warnings were dropped for the rest of the state and Wyoming.
Meteorologist Andrew Lyons says the storm didn’t develop to the caliber of the March 13 blizzard that struck the two states and Montana.
Still, the storm closed schools and government offices in both states and some schools delayed reopening Thursday morning.
Road crews were working to reopen hundreds of miles of interstate in northeast Colorado.
Denver International Airport was open but hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed Thursday morning. Operations are expected to return to normal this afternoon.