This ski resort in Colorado just pulled down a foot of powder

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The storm has created headaches for travellers on highways, caused thousands of power outages and forced schools and businesses to close.

On Thursday night, Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 30 from Laramie to Cheyenne, Wyoming, were closed in both directions due to the heavy snow.

The Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service is predicting Vail could see three to five inches of fresh snow in the daytime hours today, with another two to four inches overnight.

As of 12 p.m. on Friday snow totals ranged from just a "trace" officially for Denver at DIA to more than 40 inches of snow in the foothills of Boulder County.

The Friday forecast calls for still more snow. Farther south, 36 inches of snow has been reported in Allenspark, Colorado, about 65 miles northwest of Denver.

"Once this system goes through, a warming trend will begin and much of the snow will melt quickly, but temperatures will remain about 10 degrees below normal into early next week", Adamson said.

Arapahoe Basin is the only resort still open in Colorado, and on Instagram countless Colorado skiers have rushed to post photos and videos of all the snow that has dropped.

The Daily Camera reports that shelters in Boulder re-opened for Wednesday and Thursday nights only, as goopy wet snow blanketed the region. The heaviest rate of snow and greatest chance of slippery conditions around Denver will continue through Friday morning. Temperatures should rise Saturday, with highs expected in the upper 50s and night lows in the upper 30s.

Officials are warning of very high avalanche danger in Rocky Mountain National Park after a powerful spring storm brought up to 42 inches (1 meter) of snow to the Colorado high country.

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