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Heavy Snows As Latest Spring Storm Blankets Colorado

March 31, 1988

DENVER (AP) _ March roared out of Colorado like a lion today, pounding some areas with nearly two feet of snow and making travel treacherous on snowy and ice-packed roads throughout the state.

The storm caused numerous minor accidents during the morning rush hour, giving motorists a longer-than-usual commute and creating visibilities of near zero at times.

″The roads will continue to be pretty nasty,″ said National Weather Service forecaster Mike Holzinger. ″I guess we would say this is a worse- than-average storm. But we do get this kind of weather in the spring.″

At Stapleton International Airport at Denver, crowded with travelers for the Easter weekend, public affairs officer Norm Avery warned that delays of two hours or more could be expected.

The snow and gusting winds were expected to continue through tonight, with as much as 20 inches of snow possible in Denver’s western suburbs, Holzinger said. The weather service was calling for total accumulations of up to 30 inches in the foothills.

Snow emergencies were declared for Douglas, Arapahoe and Adams counties and for the city fo Fort Collins, where more than a foot of snow had fallen, but the Colorado State Patrol said there were no reports of serious accidents.

Stapleton officials said only the two main north-south runways were being used early today because of winds out of the north. Snowfall by 8 a.m. measured 8 inches at the airport, the weather service said.

Stapleton has about 650 departures and about an equal number of arrivals daily, Avery noted. ″I would anticipate we’ll see some cancellations today and greatly impaired traffic operations because of visibility,″ he said.

″Our biggest problem is we can’t plow visibility. The snow is not the problem. It’s the lack of visibility it creates that is the problem,″ he said.