Updated 7:30 p.m.
The late-season winter storm that pounded Colorado’s Front Range Sunday dropped 24.1 inches at Denver International Airport, enough to make the storm the fourth-largest in the city's history
The National Weather Service reported 36 inches of snow in Nederland, 24 inches in Arvada and 23.5 inches in Evergreen.
“This is one of those storms that we don’t see too often," said Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina, adding that the snow should taper off overnight.
The heavy, wet snow bent over trees in Fort Collins. A car hit a transmission line, KUNC reports, which contributed to power outages for more than 25,000 Xcel customers in the Greeley and Fort Collins area. More than a thousand customers were without power in the Denver region.
The storm brought plenty of moisture with it from the Gulf of Mexico, said Weather Service meteorologist Frank Cooper.
"It has a very high water content, which is good for the water table and the drought," he said. "But it's bad for people trying to shovel it."
That sloppy snow made travel impossible in some places too. Colorado Department of Transportation closed roads across the Eastern Plains, the Front Range, and Interstate 70 between the Denver metro and Floyd Hill. RTD suspended its bus and rail service at 7 p.m. State officials urged travelers to stay put.
“Even as the storm subsides, travel across the state will be extremely challenging on Monday morning,” Chief Matthew Packard of the Colorado State Patrol said in a press release.
Denver resident James Cook was shoveling out his car from in front of his girlfriend's home on Sunday afternoon when he decided driving home wasn't a great idea.
"I can't even see past a block and a half," he said. "I can just walk."
The heavy snow makes for great packing though, as Denver resident Tommy Hogan found as he piled snow for a quinzee in Harvard Gulch Park.
"Normally, it blows off or rolls off the side," said Hogan, who added that he was going crazy sitting at home. "It's all sticking this time, which is really nice."
More than 800 flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport, and all of the airport's six runways are closed due to blowing snow and poor visibility.
Denver International Airport has closed all six of its runways because of blowing snow and poor visibility, said airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria. They will not open until Monday.
The airport is fairly empty, Renteria said, because airlines canceled most flights ahead of time. Some flights may resume later Sunday. Travelers can check their flight status here.
David Snow from Wilmington, N.C., drove to DIA from Breckenridge on Sunday morning. He said the highways were passable going 30 mph, but once he hit Denver he saw a lot of cars off the roads. His flight was canceled, and now it looks like he and his two adult children traveling with him will have an extended stay in Denver.
"By the time they canceled the flight, we couldn't get into anything until Tuesday," Snow said.
He said it's not too terrible and they have a hotel. But he had to find a ride because all the hotels with shuttles had been booked.
CPR's Hart Van Denburg contributed to this report.
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