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Time lapse video: Thornton’s March 2016 blizzard

Monday, March 28th, 2016 8:44am MDT
The morning of March 23, 2016 saw the blizzard hit with full force. (ThorntonWeather.com)

The morning of March 23, 2016 saw the blizzard hit with full force. (ThorntonWeather.com)

It is hard to believe so much snow can fall over such a short period of time.  Over just more than 12 hours Thornton received 21.7 inches – our biggest snowstorm since 2006.  Our east facing webcam captured all the action from start to finish.

The video below starts at midnight on the 23rd with dry conditions.  By about 2:00am rain falls but that quickly transitions to snow.

It is after daybreak that the storm gets started in earnest and the heavy snowfall almost entirely obscures the view at points.  As is typical in Colorado, by mid-afternoon, we actually start to see some blue skies.

The video covers 19 hours in about 39 seconds.  There are a few ‘hiccups’ in the video that you might notice.  These were when we had brief power outages.

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