Heavy snow fell in Colorado this week

The National Weather Service reports 36 inches (0.9 meter) of snow fell in Estes Park, a village adjacent to the national park. Thursday's snow brings the seasonal snowfall total at DIA to 21.8 inches.

Conditions eased up Friday, but some problems remain. As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, Glacier Basin Campground, which is located at 8,500 elevation, had received 31 inches of snow, according to a press release by Rocky Mountain National Park.

USA 6 is closed due to hazardous conditions at the Loveland Pass.

"Snowfall (will be) moderate to heavy at times especially in areas west of I-25 and on the higher terrain of the Palmer Divide through Friday morning", the weather service said in its warning. Do not drive into an area where water covers the roadway as it may be too deep for a auto or the road beneath may not be intact. That could mean a sloppy Friday morning commute.

The Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service is predicting Vail could see three to five inches of fresh snow in the daytime hours today, with another two to four inches overnight.

The Weather Channel named the storm Winter Storm Valerie as part of its winter storm naming system. Temperatures should rise Saturday, with highs expected in the upper 50s and night lows in the upper 30s. A Freeze Warning has been issued for Denver and the entire urban corridor from 2 a.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday. There's a chance of rain and a slight chance of thunderstorm come Monday.

There is another chance for rain and thunderstorms on Sunday when the high temperature could reach 64 degrees.

  • Salvatore Jensen