A late-April snowstorm dumped over a foot of heavy, wet snow across parts of Colorado on Thursday into Friday, boosting snowpack for an extended ski season at local resorts.
The highest snowfall totals focused on the southern and central portions of the state. Over a foot of snow buried Matheson, Colorado, about 50 miles northwest of Colorado Springs. Amounts between 6 to 12 inches of snow were widespread across the southern Rockies.
Heavy snow persisted for over 12 consecutive hours in some areas.
The fresh powder allowed Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwestern Colorado to reopen this weekend. The resort had previously closed on April 17 with the option to reopen should Mother Nature cooperate.
Ski resorts in Aspen, Winter Park and Loveland, Colorado, had already announced extended openings into early May prior to the snowstorm. Less than half a foot of snow fell in these locations.
A few resorts plan to stay open into Mother's Day weekend.
Snow is still looking pretty fresh and ready for some tracks this weekend. #threedayweekend @GoPro 🐶 pic.twitter.com/khDOq4imis— Aspen Snowmass (@AspenSnowmass) April 28, 2016
The heavy nature of the snow caused some tree damage in parts of Colorado.
A bit of spring snow on campus today! ❄️☃ #cuboulder #cowx pic.twitter.com/K7ZXP5wbOW— CU-Boulder (@CUBoulder) April 29, 2016
255pm: Snow accumulation atop Cheyenne Mountain. #cowx pic.twitter.com/OaB51NAaTV— NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) April 29, 2016