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Spring storm bringing needed snow to region
A snowstorm shut down a 100-mile section of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Rawlins on Tuesday. WyDOT photo

Spring storm bringing needed snow to region

Apr 16, 2013 - By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press

DENVER -- A spring storm is bringing much-needed moisture to parts of Colorado and Wyoming, but winds are raising the wildfire danger to the south.

The second wave of a slow-moving system could bring another foot of snow to parts of Colorado's mountains Tuesday, on top of up to a foot that fell the day before. Southeastern Wyoming could also get up to a foot by the time the storm moves across Colorado's northeast plains and into Nebraska and Iowa on Wednesday night.

Cheyenne received 6.9 inches of snow on Monday, breaking the old record of 6 inches set back in 1890.

Colorado's southwestern corner and the agricultural San Luis Valley along with New Mexico are forecast to get only strong winds, making it easier for wildfires to spread in dried-out vegetation.

The snow has closed some roads and causing some delays at Denver International Airport because planes need to be de-iced. A 100-mile section of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Rawlins remains shut down, and many other highways in Wyoming are slick with limited visibility.

All but the northwest corner of the state is under a winter storm warning or advisory.

The snow canceled the Colorado Rockies-New York Mets game Monday night and the teams hoped to squeeze in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. Light snow and rain is forecast during the day but snow is expected to grow heavier Tuesday night.

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