March snow madness returns to metro area
The Grand Valley experienced a modest dose of winter in this first full week of spring. The rest of the state wasn’t so lucky.
Thursday’s blizzard pummeled the mountains, creating travel problems from the San Juan Mountains in the southwest corner of the state, to the northern Front Range.
But it was the Denver metro area that really felt the brunt of winter.
By midday Thursday, some parts of the metro region had received as much as 10 inches of snow.
Schools across the city and suburbs were closed, along with many government offices.
Airlines at DIA were scrambling to keep planes flying, even if they were way past scheduled flight times. And the Colorado Department of Transportation was advising anyone who didn’t have to drive to stay home Thursday and Thursday night.
In short, it was one of those massive blizzards that hit the Front Range every few years and brings most normal activity to a stand still.
Far more than this part of the state, the Front Range and Eastern Plains needed moisture.
And this storm will provide a great deal of relief in that regard. Recall that it was a similar monster blizzard in March of 2003 that brought an end to what was then a multi-year drought on the Front Range.
But, after Thursday, denizens of the metro area once again have good reason to wish they would receive their needed moisture in smaller dollops, parcelled out over time, rather than in another great blizzard.