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Spring storm bringing needed snow to Colo., Wyo.

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DENVER (AP) -- A spring storm is bringing much-needed moisture to parts of the Rockies and the Plains but winds are raising the wildfire danger to the south.

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Rocky Mountain National Park has already gotten over 2 feet of snow and more is expected to fall through Wednesday. Southeastern Wyoming could also get up to a foot. It's also snowing in western South Dakota and Nebraska and the storm is expected to push into Iowa Wednesday night.

The storm has boosted the mountain snowpack and extended Colorado's ski season. Vail and Breckenridge ski resorts will open for an extra weekend.

However, parts of southern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona are forecast to get only strong winds, making it easier for wildfires to spread in dried-out vegetation.

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