Broken tree limbs and branches after late spring storm

Metro residents cleaning up
Posted at 8:04 AM, May 19, 2017

DENVER – A powerful spring storm that dumped up to 32 inches of snow in some parts of the Front Range is starting to lighten up, but its leaving a heavy burden for some homeowners.

The wet, heavy snow snapped limbs across the Denver metro area. Many neighbors in Castle Pines are waking up to broken limbs and branches.

Maple, ash and pear trees - along with other "soft wood" trees – may have suffered the worst damage, according to tree experts.

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However, the heavy snow blanketing trees still poses a risk. Limbs weakened from the storm could snap under the weight of the heavy snow.

Officials at Colorado State University in Fort Collins are alerting students and faculty to avoid parking, walking or biking around snow-covered trees.

Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need professional help. The Colorado State Forest Service has tips for caring for damaged trees.