Winter just blew away fall in the Mountain West. Heavy snow and blowing winds conspired to create blizzard conditions from New Mexico to Wyoming.

Parts of I-70 in Colorado were shut down due to limited visibility and 148 flights have already been cancelled at Denver International Airport to start the week.

 

 

The snow has stopped and the sun is out #FirstBigSnowStorm

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The storm dropped 11 inches at Loveland Pass, Colo., and a foot at Wolf Creek Ski Resort in the southwest corner of the state and caused drifts up to 4 feet high in Monument. The small town of Colby, located in western Kansas, got nailed by 20 inches of snow. Gusting winds sent drifts climbing over cars and forced the town to declare a snow emergency. Denver International Airport only saw 4 inches of snow but wind gusts up to 57 mph made takeoffs and landings treacherous.

 

For ski fans, though, there was a silver — or white — lining. Ski Santa Fe, a resort located outside New Mexico’s capital, saw 36 inches of snow, making its tentative Thanksgiving opening much more firm.

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A screenshot from Ski Santa Fe's quad webcam on Wednesday morning.

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Gusty winds continued to plague the region even as temperatures rebounded a bit closer to normal. Gusts up to 30 mph were expected in Denver Wednesday afternoon and evening. A high wind warning is in place for the Dakotas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Utah. That warning said wind gusts could reach 80 mph in some locations.

And the snow isn’t done quite yet as another system is expected to slide into the region. That front could continue to dump more snow on the ski slopes, but also create blizzard conditions in Wyoming and Idaho through Thursday.

 

 

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