Snow piles up across America's heartland

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A strong winter storm blew through northern Colorado, dropping more than a foot of snow in some cities through the Rocky Mountains on Christmas Day.

One family in Silverthorne, which received around 20 inches of snow in 72 hours, commemorated the white Christmas with a system-shocking ritual.

A man and a young girl jumped from a hot tub into the fresh, white snow, and then got back in the hot water.

The mounds of snow caused headaches for anyone on the roadways.

According to Denver-based KUSA, Interstate 70 through Silverthorne was closed for several hours due to treacherous driving conditions.

Workers were monitoring the area for avalanches and high-profile vehicles were required to have tire chains.