Second storm snowing on Vail, Colorado |

Second storm snowing on Vail, Colorado

Peter M. Fredin/APTraffic along southbound Interstate 25 slows during heavy snow and high winds near Denver, on Thursday.

DENVER, Colorado – Snow was falling again in Colorado on Thursday as the second winter storm in two days moved across the state.

The latest storm is expected to pile as much as 20 inches of new snow in areas that have already been hit a series of year end storms.

Between 4 and 8 inches were expected in Denver, which set a record for the snowiest Christmas Day with the nearly 8 inches that fell on Tuesday.

The storm led United Airlines, the largest carrier at Denver International Airport, to cancel 145 flights into and out of Denver, about 17 percent of the scheduled flights there. The airline wanted to avoid having planes stranded in Denver, its second-largest hub.

“There will be impacts in other parts of the system and we’re doing our best to accommodate everyone,” United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said.

The San Juan Mountains in the state’s southwestern corner were expected to get the heaviest accumulations with the central mountains around Aspen and Vail forecast to receive another 6 inches to 12 inches of snow by the end of Thursday.

It’s the latest in a daisy chain of wet Pacific storms that rescued parts of the state from a dry fall.

Support Local Journalism