Snowpack news: Woo hoo! The San Juans got some precipitation in the wintertime for a change.

From the Associated Press (Steven K. Paulson) via the Glenwood Springs Post Independent:

The storm has been a good snow-maker for the northern and central mountains with 10 to 15 inches at some resorts and a grand total over the weekend of 18 to 24 inches.

Boulder broke a record for the month, with 34 inches of snow compared with 32 inches three years ago.

Last year, Denver International Airport got 38 inches of snow for the season. This year, the airport had about 30 inches of snow before the storm began, and officials expect another 14 inches by Monday morning…

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina said Sunday that it’s a bit late in the month for heavy, lingering snow and low temperatures, but by no means a record for Colorado. March is usually the snowiest month along the Front Range.

From The Durango Herald:

Durango Mountain Resort reported 21 inches of snow in 24 hours and Wolf Creek Ski Area said 30 inches fell there in 24 hours. Wolf Creek has received 199 inches to date…

Up to a foot of snow fell in parts of the Denver area. Boulder broke a record for the month, with 34 inches of snow compared with 32 inches three years ago.

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Matt Hildner and Tracy Harmon):

A mild, dry winter changed course Sunday and Monday in the San Luis Valley and the surrounding high country.

Parts of the San Juan Mountains received nearly three feet of snow, while more than a foot fell on the west side of the valley floor.

Weather spotters for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network reported 16 inches near South Fork, 12 inches in Del Norte and 10 inches in Creede Monday morning.

The biggest totals from the multiday storm came from Wolf Creek Ski Area, which reported 34 inches of snow.

Snowfall totaled 8 inches in Alamosa, while 6 inches fell near Crestone, according to spotters for the National Weather Service.

The snow led Adams State University and all 14 of the valley’s school districts to cancel classes Monday.

All of the courts in the 12th Judicial District were closed by 2 p.m. because of weather and road conditions.

“The roads were bad pretty much across the entire valley,” said Capt. George Dingfelder of the Colorado State Patrol.

Despite the conditions, he said there were only a few crashes and only one of those included minor injuries.

Heavy snow and high winds in both the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountains prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue an avalanche warning for back country recreation in both mountain ranges.

State transportation work crews conducted morning avalanche control work on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass, prompting a closure of U.S. 160 that was lifted by 1 p.m.

Public schools in Canon City, Florence and Penrose also were closed Monday after heavy snowfall Sunday.

In Canon City snow totals ranged from 7 to 10 inches, while Penrose residents reported 6 to 12 inches of snow. Snow measurements were made difficult by blowing and drifting.

Custer County was harder hit with 14 inches of snow in the lower elevations and a whopping 26 inches reported seven miles west of Westcliffe in the high country.

In Chaffee County, Salida residents reported 10 to 13 inches while Maysville residents reported up to 19 inches in the higher elevations and Buena Vista weather spotters reported 6 inches of snow.

Monarch Mountain reported 15 inches of new powder in the past 24 hours and a two-day storm total of 19 inches of snow. The ski resort now has a 70-inch base topped with plenty of new flakes for powder-loving skiers.

Forecasters are calling for a bit of melting Tuesday followed by a 60 percent chance of new snow on Wednesday.

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