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Weather blog: The snow slows by Tuesday morning, leaving icy roads behind

Higher elevations could see 6-10 inches or more
Snowy roads on April 20 2021
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Posted at 8:21 PM, Apr 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-20 10:21:16-04

DENVER — Anywhere between 3 to 9 inches of snow fell Tuesday around the Front Range, with some of the highest totals — around 14 inches — in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.

Freezing rain fell earlier in the day Monday before the snow began, making for some slick conditions on the road. By Tuesday morning, the snowfall had slowed or stopped, leaving icy roads behind.

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Denver7 has the latest on the spring storm and its impact on the state in our live blog below:


Tuesday, April 20

8:15 a.m. | A crash has been reported on westbound I-70 at the C-470 exit in Morrison.

8:13 a.m. | Three crashes have been reported on southbound I-25 at the North Academy exit ramp in Colorado Springs.

8:10 a.m. | Highway 287 at milemarker 123 — north of Eads — is closed due to multiple crashes.

6 a.m. | AIRTRACKER7 is showing a live look of the road conditions today.

5:30 a.m. | We're starting to see the first snow totals. Jamestown comes in with the most recorded snow as of now, with 15 inches.

Snow totals April 20 2021 5:30am

3:21 a.m. | As of now at the Denver International Airport, there are 17 delays and two cancellations. The airport is operating as normal this morning.

Monday, April 19

10:14 p.m. | Snow this year in the Denver area is actually above average, but that's not necessarily the case for other parts of Colorado. Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson explains why the moisture is needed.

It's actually an above-average snow season in Denver. Here's why we need it

10:08 p.m. | Erie Police has put Erie on accident alert. Officers will not be responding to minor property damage accidents. Officers will only respond to collisions involving fatalities, injuries, hit and run, public property damage and alcohol or drug-related collisions.

9:26 p.m. | US 6 is closed in both direction between CO 119 and CO 58, CO 93 due to safety concerns.

8:56 p.m. | Summit and Lake counties are under accident alert. Call police if the accident involves injuries, a hit and run, impaired drivers or no insurance. Otherwise exchange information and do an online report.

8:54 p.m. | Northbound I-25 between Exit 255 for CO 402 and Exit 257 for US 34 has reopened.

8:36 p.m. | Colorado State Patrol reports a safety closure in both directions of I-70 between Silverthorne and Morrison due to adverse weather conditions. Travel is not advised.

8:32 p.m. | A safety closure is in place for both directions of US 6 between mile marker 220 and mile marker 229.

8:18 p.m. | Northbound I-25 is closed between Exit 255 for CO 402 and Exit 257 for US 34 due to a crash.

8:14 p.m. | The Castle Rock Police Department reports the city is now on accident alert. Police will only respond to accidents with injuries, those involving disabled vehicles, accidents involving DUI/DUIDs and hit-and-runs. Please exchange info and file a report online with Colorado State Patrol.

8:12 p.m. | I-225 is "becoming an ice rink," according to the Aurora Police Department. Multiple cars have spun out in spots both north and southbound. CDOT has been requested to assist with road conditions.

8:10 p.m. | The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports that avalanche conditions have changed in the last 24 hours. Strong wings are building thick slabs, and slopes can no longer be treated like they're safe. Avalanches could break below the new and recently wind-drifted snow on Tuesday.

8:08 p.m. | CDOT has reporter a closure on I-70 westbound at mile marker 259 for Morrison Road due to safety concerns.

8:06 p.m. | The City of Aurora is on accident alert. Anyone involved in a minor accident with no one hurt should exchange information with the other driver and complete a report online.

8:05 p.m. | The City and County of Broomfield is currently on accident alert due to current weather conditions. Drivers are advised to take their time and leave plenty of room between vehicles.

8:04 p.m. | Commerce City is adjusting hours of operation on Tuesday for some city facilities due to snow and icy conditions.