Colorado Blizzard Buries Thornton Police Patrol Cars in Several Feet of Snow

A powerful snowstorm, the fourth largest in the Denver area since 1881, left 20.6 inches of snowfall in the suburb of Thornton, Colorado, by March 15, enveloping parked vehicles.

Multiple residents in the region reported downed power lines and snapped trees, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Footage released by the Thornton Police Department on March 14 shows several feet of snow blanketing patrol cars. The second clip, posted on March 15, shows officers digging the cars out.

“After finally getting their patrol cars brushed off, our officers have been quite busy helping with stranded motorists,” the department wrote in a Facebook caption.

The NWS forecast possible snow showers in the mountains, foothills, and urban corridor on the afternoon of March 16. Credit: Thornton Police Department via Storyful