Storm predicted to bring snow to high country, Front Range through Friday

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The late snow caused all kinds of problems, including power outages, snapped trees that couldn't withstand the heavy snow on top of their fresh spring leaves, road closures, school closures and some high schools even had to reschedule and relocate graduation ceremonies at the last minute.

With a big dollop of new snow, the avalanche danger is expected to increase through Friday night.

An unseasonably late case of powder fever has gripped Colorado.

The Colorado National Guard, under executive order of Gov. John Hickenlooper, activated Thursday three "Snow Response Teams" to support local emergency responders in Douglas, Larimer and Weld counties. Farther south, 36 inches of snow has been reported in Allenspark, Colorado, about 65 miles northwest of Denver. A mix of rain, sleet and snow will fall through Friday evening. Snow accumulation in Denver will be less than a half-inch today, if any, National Weather Service forecasts.

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People will need to use extreme caution when shoveling the heavy, wet snow to avoid serious injuries.

That organization is predicting snowfall of one to three inches per hour at times between today and Friday, with snow totals adding up to one to three feet on the Front Range.

"Highs will be closer to what is normally seen during the middle of winter, with temperatures around 30 degrees below normal through Friday", Adamson said.

Currently, much of the United States, east of the Mississippi River, is experiencing temperatures reaching 80-90 degrees, yet somehow, skiers in Colorado are having a pow day.

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