"We have a saying in Colorado, "Never plant before Mother's Day and we're just about 10 days, two weeks out from that. It's a little unusual but we see this and then we get a lot of the tree limb breakage."
7. Various of alley where crews are clearing out branches
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Davey Tree worker:
"We're busy, it's going to be a long day. A long, wet day."
Lakewood, Colorado - 21 May 2019
9. Light-rail train passing by trees covered in snow
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Wayne Kostner, manager, O'Toole's Garden Center:
"I've seen storms later in the season but nothing like this where trees are almost fully leafed out and we get the super, heavy wet snow this late with these like, cold temperatures for multiple days and that's pretty hard on us."
11. Various of tulips with snow/ice on them
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Wayne Kostner, manager, O'Toole's Garden Center:
"Like kinda the community rule, was, "Mother's Day was the time to pull the trigger and do that (plant)" and it seems that kinda pushing it off a little bit, you know, a little bit later in the year we're starting to see, we're starting to see these snowstorms in mid to early May, it's just crazy."
A late spring storm has dumped heavy, wet snow in Colorado and Wyoming, cancelling flights and snapping newly greened up tree limbs. Chainsaws were buzzing on roadways and in alleyways as crews fanned out across the city to help owners clear out downed tree limbs.
"We have a saying in Colorado, Never plant before Mother's Day and we're just about 10 days, two weeks out from that. It's a little unusual but we see this and then we get a lot of the tree limb breakage,'' said Denver resident Denis Bensard.
Denver's airport got 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow but some areas near Colorado Springs got a foot (0.3 meters) or more. May snowfall is fairly common there but usually not this late.
Up to 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow was reported in the Cheyenne, Wyoming area.
The check in lines were long at Denver International Airport Tuesday morning with travelers from earlier canceled flights hoping to fly out.
In western Colorado, a rockslide has closed Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River. The area is prone to slides especially following wet weather and temperature fluctuations. No vehicles were hit by the rocks.