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May Day Snowstorm Hits Colo., Wyo., Midwest

Nearly 3 feet of snow is possible in the mountains of northern Colorado
Updated Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 7:48 p.m. ET

A man walks in the snow in downtown Denver on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (AP)

DENVER (AP) - People in parts of Colorado and Wyoming pulled puffy jackets, hats and umbrellas out of the closet again Wednesday for another round of wet spring snow.

The May Day snow storm was making travel difficult on Interstate 70 in Colorado's mountains and along Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming, but the snow wasn't having a major impact on Denver's airport, though there have been de-icing delays.

Nearly 3 feet of snow is possible in the foothills and mountains of northern Colorado while around a foot is expected at lower elevations in parts of both states. By midday, over a foot fell at Rocky Mountain National Park. The heavy snow caused power and heat outages there and in Cheyenne, which received 15 inches of snow by noon Wednesday. West of Cheyenne, 20 inches fell near Buford, while Casper saw 4 inches of snow.

Parts of the Midwest were also getting rare May snow.

South Dakota's largest city, Sioux Falls, got its first May snowfall in 37 years. The city received 1.5 inches of snow by late morning.

A winter storm warning was also in effect for parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Snow fell in parts of Nebraska, and western Iowa was expecting snow between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The storm is welcome in Colorado and Wyoming because it boosts the snowpack that provides the region's water supply. Both states are in a drought but have benefited from several rounds of spring snow. However, the recent storms have largely missed southwestern Colorado, which remains dry and at risk for wildfires.

About 5 inches were forecast for Denver, where the snow was making the roads a sloppy mess. The snow wasn't sticking much to the pavement, still warm after recent temperatures in the 70s, but it clung to grassy areas and flowers.

Denver native Chris Lujan said he's never worn a top coat, scarf and hat on May 1st before. Greg Notz just put his hood up and wasn't fazed.

"I expect this. Yup. It's better than living where it's warm and dry and nice all the time. At least we get a variety," he said.

Snow in May hits Denver roughly once every three years. July and August are the only months that snow hasn't been recorded there, National Weather Service forecaster David Barjenbruch said.

RELATED ON SKYE: Photos: Spring Snowstorm Strikes Plains


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These same areas had been experiencing drought. What was the drought blamed on? AGW. Now, the same areas are experiencing increased precipitation coupled with unseasonal cold. What is this being blamed on - AGW. Notice how the warmists predictions do not come true. But when they retrospectively modify their models, "magically" any variation in earth's climate becomes due to AGW?

May 02 2013 at 10:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Did you notice that no whining was coming from Wyoming? We just deal with it and move on. No declarations, no military help, just good old American can-do attitudes.

May 02 2013 at 3:01 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

It's a Liberal thing. Say anything enough times and long enough and these gullible bleeding heart morons will believe anything. How do think Obama got re-elected?

May 02 2013 at 2:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It's GWs fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 02 2013 at 1:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Must be gloBULL warming. Er...wait, it's COLD! Must be gloBULL cooling. Er...wait, gloBULL warming causes gloBULL cooling. Er...wait, gloBULL cooling causes gloBULL warming. Er...wait, gloBULL warming causes warts. Er...wait, gloBULL warming causes erectile dysfunction. Er...wait...............

May 02 2013 at 12:47 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The planet has ALWAys gone through cyclical climate changes. Al Gore has just been smart enough to get filthy rich from touting something cataclysmic is happening. Do a little research & you'll learn about the biggest heat wave in our nation's history that occurred during the Great Dust Bowl of the l930's. States as far north as Nebraska & maybe the Dakotas set records that hold until this day with record highs in the 120's or so in early spring. But those days thankfully passed. Just last summer I think TX endured l00 plus days of over l00 days where the temp rose to over triple digits. Now we are seeing these late spring winter storms. But while previous winters have been relatively mild for the US, Europe has undergone some really severe ones. We often forget the entire world doesn't end & begin with us. Weather patterns come & go, & cover this whole big, wide planet. Y'all can believe what you want. But you need to also remember that within 3 yrs of the hOTTEST yrs in our nation (Dust Bowl) Niagara Falls also froze totally solid in the middle 30's. Weather just has a mind of its own! There is NO pattern & Gore is laughing at YOU & laughing all the way to the bank!

May 02 2013 at 12:18 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Keith Kishbaugh

Global Warming!!! Run for the Hills!!! You gullible morons that made AL Gore rich are pathetic..

May 01 2013 at 6:18 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Obviously a sign of "Global Cooling".....In a few short years we will all freeze to death.

May 01 2013 at 5:27 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

....Don't mention any good weather please, Al Gore will come up above ground like the ground hog he is or he might just opt for a massage with a happy ending....

May 01 2013 at 4:27 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

That global warming is sure messing things up.

May 01 2013 at 3:58 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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