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Time lapse video captures Thornton’s Tax Day snowstorm

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 7:56am MDT
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April 15, 2013 - Snow far exceeding forecast amounts made for a wintry tax day in Thornton. (ThorntonWeather.com)

Mother Nature delivered a potent blast of wintry weather for Tax Day catching forecasters and residents off guard.  The mid-April snowstorm brought a hefty shot of snow and cold temperatures to Denver and northeastern Colorado.

Two days before the event models pointed to significant snowfall for Tax Day.  Soon however those same models shifted their target to the north and the metro area was only expected to receive light snow.

The heavy snow moved further south than anticipated however and by mid-afternoon on Monday, April 15 the storm was getting started in earnest.  Snowfall rates of up to 2 inches per hour were seen from then through midnight.

The video below captures 24 hours of the event from 6:00am on April 15 to 6:00am to April 16.  Only light snow is seen through about 2:00pm on the 15th before things really start to pick up.

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