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Denver Metro Area Records Biggest Snowstorm of the Year

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A significant snowstorm hit the Rockies on Thursday. This storm marks the Denver metro area’s largest snowstorm of the year. Denver Public Schools are closed on both Thursday and Friday.

More than 800 flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport. The airport recorded just 2 inches of snow. Meanwhile, the Denver metro area received up to 1 foot of snow.

This is the area’s highest snowfall all winter. An additional 6 to 12 inches of snow is forecasted overnight. More than 3 feet of snow has fallen in the Rocky Mountains. The area’s heavy snow, winds, and dangerous travel will persist through Friday morning.

The cleanup and digout efforts are ongoing after the powerful snowstorm hit Colorado foothills and parts of the Front Range. Charles Mercado guided FOX31 crews to his garage.

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A massive tree branch narrowly missed the door by inches. The damage was caused by the heavy snowfall in Denver on Thursday.

“I was coming back from East Wash Park from that horrible storm,” Mercado said. “As I approached my garage, I was so thankful I made it without any injury or insult.” Minutes later, just after 6 p.m., he was startled by a loud sound.

“The whole house kind of shook, and the thud — you could hear it, and that’s what I felt inside. It was loud, really loud,” Mercado said.

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He’s lived in the neighborhood for 15 years and described the storm as having heavy flakes. Mercado received three tree service quotes, all exceeding $2,000. His insurance categorized it as an act of Mother Nature.

However, he’s still deciding on the next steps. Mercado expressed relief that the tree didn’t fall on his house. He acknowledged the potential danger it posed.

A few miles over in Aurora, Richfield Apartments tenants had to deal with a mess when a carport toppled upon several vehicles. “This actually happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday night as the storm was coming in,” Denise Keil said.

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Neighbors alerted her to come outside to see the damage done to her car. “The back window, the side passenger window, is busted out. The hood is busted,” Keil said. “It’s just a total collapse.”

The damage will likely cost these neighbors hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to repair. Now, they are faced with cleaning up and planning their next moves.

Moreover, Keil mentioned that State Farm cannot tow it away until the debris is removed from her car. She expressed feeling stuck in a state of uncertainty for the time being.

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