Snow socks the Front Range

Mar 19, 2021  | 1 min  | Ep4631

The final full week of winter was full of tornadoes in the south while snow filled up the Rockies.

Peter Tubbs reports.   

A record breaking blizzard socked the Front Range of Colorado and Wyoming with up to three feet of snow this week. Large portions of Interstate 70 were closed in eastern Colorado by the heavy snow. 
Residents spent the week digging out from under drifts that buried cars. Schools were closed and mail delivery was suspended in some areas.
Denver International Airport cancelled over 2,800 flights after 27 inches of snow blanketed the airport Sunday and Monday. Two hundred pieces of equipment were used to return the airport to normal service.
The snow was good news for ski resorts in the mountains, but the risk of avalanche increased in backcountry areas of the region. 
Cheyenne, Wyoming received 30 inches of snow in the city’s worst blizzard since 1979. Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramine was closed, as it was covered by four foot drifts along a 20 mile stretch of highway.
The Gulf Coast also saw heavy weather as storms brought dozens of tornadoes and hail to Texas. Late in the week, tornadoes smashed through Alabama. Damage to buildings across the state were widespread as light vehicles like campers were rolled into clusters by the high winds. Power was knocked out to 40,000 homes in the wake of the storms.
For Market to Market, I’m Peter Tubbs.


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