Spring snowstorm ramps up in the Rockies

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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 5:29 PM
Spring snowstorm ramps up in the Rockies

DENVER (AP) — The latest on Rocky Mountain weather (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A spring snowstorm along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming is ramping up, with heavy snowfall bringing traffic closures and scattered power outages.

The National Weather Service in Wyoming says up to 20 inches of snow is expected to fall through Sunday, posing a threat to livestock.

In Colorado, heavy snow was falling on Saturday across most of the state, with about 2 feet of snow in some areas.

Airlines at Denver International Airport canceled about 840 flights.

Meanwhile, heavy rain on the Eastern Plains prompted flood warnings in eastern Colorado, but no severe damage has been reported.

Forecasters in Oklahoma are warning of severe thunderstorms in western Oklahoma and northwest Texas, with large hail and damaging wind gusts. They also warned of possible flooding.

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12:10 p.m.

Organizers of a marijuana rally in Denver have canceled their scheduled festival to mark the April 20 pot holiday because of a spring snowstorm that hit the Rocky Mountains.

The Denver rally leadership team said on its Facebook page that Saturday's rally will be rescheduled due to weather and other issues.

Jim Kalina of the National Weather Service in Boulder and Brian Chapman of the National Weather Service in Cheyenne say rain along the foothills began changing to snow as temperatures fell. Up to 2 feet of snow was reported between Denver and the Continental Divide on Saturday.

Airlines at Denver International Airport canceled about 840 flights.

Meanwhile, heavy rain on the Eastern Plains prompted flood warnings in eastern Colorado, but no severe damage has been reported.

Forecasters in Oklahoma are warning of severe thunderstorms in western Oklahoma and northwest Texas, with large hail and damaging wind gusts. They also warned of possible flooding.

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9:50 a.m.

A spring snowstorm expected to dump up to several feet of snow along the eastern foothills of Colorado and Wyoming is getting a late start, but the National Weather Service says snow is expected to begin piling up Saturday and Sunday.

Jim Kalina of the National Weather Service in Boulder and Brian Chapman of the National Weather Service in Cheyenne say rain is changing to snow and temperatures are falling, which could bring heavy, wet snow over the next two days. Up to 2 feet of snow was reported between Denver and the Continental Divide on Saturday.

Airlines at Denver International Airport canceled about 840 flights Saturday.

Meanwhile, heavy rain on the Eastern Plains prompted flood warnings in eastern Colorado, but no severe damage has been reported.