From The Pueblo Chieftain (Matt Hildner):
For the second straight day snow pummeled the high country in the San Juan Mountains, dropping 24 inches on Wolf Creek Ski Area.
From the Loveland Reporter Herald (Sarah Bultema):
Those living along the Front Range have been a bit spoiled this winter, said Nolan Doesken, a climatologist at Colorado State University…
Yet Thursday, the mild winter was buried in as many as 5 inches of snow during the first major storm of the season. A cold front coming down from Wyoming paired with a Pacific storm moving over the Rockies created snowfall that’s expected to continue through this afternoon, Doesken said.
From the Associated Press (Catherine Tsai) via the Seattle Times:
The Silverton Mountain resort in Colorado reported 22 inches of snow, but only about 120 people were on the mountain because officials closed highways leading to the ski area for avalanche control and because of adverse conditions, resort co-founder Jen Brill said…
The National Weather Service said snow could fall at a rate close to an inch an hour starting Thursday evening in the Denver area, which usually has around 25 inches of snow by this time of the season but had just 1.5 inches before Thursday.
From The Denver Post (Yesenia Robles)
A total of 3 inches had fallen by late Thursday at DIA, 5 inches in Conifer, 3.2 in Wheat Ridge and 6 inches in Ken-Caryl. Forecasters expected the snow to intensify during the night. Before Thursday, Denver had seen just 1.5 inches of snow this fall and winter. Last year, Denver had more than 11 inches of snowfall in December alone. The average total snowfall for the season by the end of December is more than 2 feet.
From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Jakob Rodgers):
Colorado Springs had received 4 to 5 inches of snow as of 7:45 p.m. Thursday, while Monument Hill and Woodland Park had recorded 5 to 8 inches of powder, said Kyle Mozley, National Weather Service meteorologist.
From The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh):
In the 24 hours ending at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Coal Bank Pass received 31 inches of snow, [National Weather Service meteorologist Ellen Heffernan] said. Molas Pass got 21 inches and Red Mountain 19 inches in the same period.
Some Durango-area weather observers recorded two-day snow totals in the high teens.
– Bill Butler said 18.1 inches fell in Durango West II.
– Maureen Keilty recorded 22 inches at her home in Rafter J.
– Pam Snyder in Hesperus found 13 inches.
– Briggen Wrinkle, who reports rain and snow readings to the National Weather Service, collected 14 inches of snow in the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. Thursday.