Colorado towns hit with 3 feet of snow. Happy May.
Shannon Tupa cleans off her car with her hands in Nederland, Colo., on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
Allison Megyeri shields herself from the snow with her graduation gown while running into Clune Arena at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Air Academy High School 2017 graduation ceremony Thursday, May 18, 2017.
The weather service in Cheyenne warned against any unnecessary travel in southern Wyoming. A record 11 inches of snow fell in Cheyenne on Thursday.
The last time Cheyenne experienced such a significant snow event this late in spring was about 67 years ago, when Harry Truman was president, the Weather Channel said. In Denver, the storm marked the city's biggest mid-May snow in 42 years.
Several high school graduation ceremonies in the Denver area were postponed due to the storm, KUSA-TV said. Thousands of people were without power as the heavy snow weighed down power lines.
The late-season snow event is not unheard of. Both Cheyenne and Denver have experienced accumulating snowfall even into early June in the past, AccuWeather meteorologist Ryan Adamson said.
Temperatures will warm up and conditions will improve over the weekend, he added.
The Weather Channel named the storm Winter Storm Valerie as part of its winter storm naming system.
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