Possibly historic snowstorm hitting Denver

Lydia Vasquez scrapes ice from the windshield of her automobile in Denver on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.  A front moved through the state early Monday morning bringing with it freezing rain, snow and cold. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Lydia Vasquez scrapes ice from the windshield of her automobile in Denver on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. A front moved through the state early Monday morning bringing with it freezing rain, snow and cold. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(CBS News) -- Denver was in the middle of what could be one of the biggest snowstorms it's ever seen Friday morning.

The snow started falling Thursday evening, and isn't expected to stop until Saturday morning - by which time nearly two feet is expected to have accumulated.

But the Mile High City is no stranger to heavy snow, and works crews toiled through the night making sure the city was ready.

When the snow started coming down, snow removal contractor Sam Granados and his crews started gearing up. He said Denver's first major storm of the year looks like a "monster."

After it began coming down, the snow grew thicker and deeper by the hour.

Snowplows pushed through city streets fighting to stay ahead of the storm.

Last winter, Denver got 22 inches of snow. This storm could dump that much by Saturday

Christine Downs, of Denver's Public Works Department, notes this is "unusual for February. In Denver, March is the snowiest month, but it usually melts. This one is supposed to stay cold."

Accuweather forecaster Justin Povick says it will be a "slow mover and it will produce very gusty winds. In fact, along the Interstate 25 corridor, the winds will occasionally top 40 to 50 mph, producing blizzard conditions and visibility at times will be near zero."

Goods were flying off the shelves as people stocked up to stay in.

"They're out of lettuce, out of meat. It's scary!" one shopper exclaimed.

But not everybody is troubled. A smiling Granados says, "We don't get very many times to shine. (This is) great for business -- if you're in the snow business."

Denver's public schools were closed Friday.

Forecasters say the storm is headed into the Midwest.

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