Double-digit snow totals cover Colorado, stranding some drivers

By | 03/14/2024 12:39 PM EDT

“Stay home!! Troopers are getting stuck trying to get to all the stranded motorists,” warned the Colorado State Patrol.

The Colorado State Capitol is covered in snow on March 14, 2024, in Denver.

The Colorado State Capitol is covered in snow early Thursday in Denver. KMGH via AP

DENVER — A major storm dumped heavy snow in Colorado early Thursday — forcing flight cancellations and shutting down a highway that connects Denver to Colorado ski resorts.

“Our city hasn’t seen a storm like this in a few years,” Denver Mayor Mike Johnston posted Wednesday on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The storm, which began Wednesday night, wasn’t expected to wind down until Friday morning. The heaviest snow accumulations were expected in the Front Range and its foothills, with a large area expected to get 18 to 36 inches, and some amounts exceeding 4 feet, the National Weather Service said.


Major sections of Interstate 70 were closed in the Colorado mountains, with numerous reports of vehicles stranded on the highway for hours.