9NEWS Meteorologist Becky Ditchfield says light rain and snow will continue on the eastern plains Wednesday morning as a slow moving storm system churns over northeastern New Mexico.
Snow totals include 2 inches in areas like Denver, Englewood and Littleton; 4 to 5 inches for Parker, Castle Rock and Highlands Ranch; 7 inches for Conifer and Evergreen, and up to 2 feet reported across the mountains in southern Colorado.
By 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Cuchara had already received 30 inches of new snow.
Here are some other snow totals:
Black Hawk - 3.7 inches
Jamestown - 6.5 inches
Parker - 3 inches
Genesee - 6 inches
Conifer - 7.5 inches
Evergreen - 5 inches
Idaho Springs - 8 inches
Berthoud Pass - 5 inches
Strong winds were also a problem Monday, with cold northerly winds at 20 to 30 mph and gusts to 55 mph over the east-central and southeastern plains, as well as the San Luis Valley.
This is a wet start to April after March went down as the driest on record for Denver, with only a trace of snow back on March 7. We typically see close to a foot of snow during this, our snowiest month on average. Total liquid precipitation for the month was only .03 inches.
Denver also set or tied 6 record highs during the month of March, which lags just behind July 2005 when 7 record highs were set or tied.
As this storm slowly grinds its way to the east, we will have clearing skies and moderating temperatures Wednesday with warmer conditions Thursday and Friday. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued for most mountain areas west of Vail Pass, areas that didn't see Monday's moisture. Winds will pick up across western Colorado Thursday, and combined with dry conditions the threat for wild fires will be high once again.
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