May snowstorm prompts Colorado shelters to open

The spring storm was expected to dump a few inches along the Front Range. Some mountain areas were reporting more than two feet of snow by early Thursday. Three high schools in Jefferson County west of Denver had to reschedule or move their graduation ceremonies

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Heavy snow blankets a lodge in Estes Park Thursday May 18, 2017. Rocky Mountain National Park officials report about 3 feet of snow in some campgrounds. The storm shut down roads in and out of Estes Park. Photo by Reed Baker/Aurora Sentinel

BOULDER | A May snow dump across Colorado has prompted some emergency warming shelters to re-open after being closed for the season.

The Daily Camera reports that shelters in Boulder re-opened for Wednesday and Thursday nights only, as goopy wet snow blanketed the region.

Fliers distributed by Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow described the warming shelters as “one time only.”

The spring storm was expected to dump a few inches along the Front Range. Some mountain areas were reporting more than two feet of snow by early Thursday. Three high schools in Jefferson County west of Denver had to reschedule or move their graduation ceremonies.

The National Weather Service has warned that the unusual storm could cause flooding.

A campsite at Rocky Mountain National Park has received about 3 feet  of snow from a powerful spring storm that’s moving across Colorado.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says the Glacier Basin Campground at an elevation of 8,500 feet  had 31 inches on the ground Thursday afternoon, and it is still snowing heavily. Similar amounts were reported in the mountain towns of Ward and Allenspark south of the national park.

All roads on the park’s east side were closed Thursday because of the heavy snow.

Heavy snow and powerful winds are hampering the search for a missing hiker in southern Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

National Park Service officials said Thursday that conditions in the high-altitude area have become too dangerous for search and rescue crews. The search was launched Sunday after someone noticed that a car had been parked in a backcountry access lot for several days.

It covers 14 square miles  of rugged terrain in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area around Mount Herard, a 13,000-foot peak.

The hiker, whose name and age have not been released, entered the park May 8 and did not leave an itinerary or travel plan.

The search is expected to resume Monday, weather permitting.