More than 27 inches of snow had been reported at Denver International Airport as of early Monday, marking Denver’s fourth-heaviest snowstorm since records were kept in 1881, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
Across the state, several major roads were closed, including two stretches of interstates.
CNN’s Derek Van Dam, reporting from Boulder, said heavy snow knocked down tree limbs and power lines and left cars stranded across the city. Very low temperatures left sheets of ice on some snowplowed streets, he said.
Gov. Jared Polis’ office closed all state government offices in Denver and surrounding counties for the day because of the extreme weather conditions.
Storm now heading to the Midwest
More than 12 million Americans remained under winter weather alerts Monday afternoon, according to CNN meteorologists.
The snowstorm is now pushing into the Midwest, including areas just south of Minneapolis and just west of Chicago.
As much as 6 to 8 inches of snow is forecast Monday across portions of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, making for slow travel and potential airport delays.
Cheyenne, Wyoming, had measured 36 inches of snow by Monday morning, which sets a new two-day snowfall total.
The prior record of 25.2 inches was set in November 1979.
Boulder saw about 8 to 12 inches of snow, and the town of Estes Park has had just over a foot. Over 50 inches fell in Windy Peak, Wyoming.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said there is a “considerable” avalanche threat for the Front Range through Tuesday.
Heavy and intense snowfall from the current storm will cause large and destructive avalanches at all elevation levels, above and below the tree line, and in “unusual locations,” according to the center.
“Please be advised that abandoned vehicles that impede snow clearance and rescue operations may be towed or otherwise moved to allow emergency crews to ensure the safety of our citizens,” the tweet said.
Southeast could see flood concerns
As the storm system moves east over the next day or two, the Southeast could also face flooding.
Parts of Alabama and Georgia could see between 2 and 4 inches of rain Monday and Tuesday.
CNN’s Andy Rose, Leslie Perrot, Taylor Ward, Susannah Cullinane, Hollie Silverman and Eric Levenson contributed to this report.