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Live blog: First snowstorm of the season brings bitter cold temperatures, snow to the Front Range

Posted: 12:30 AM, Oct 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-10 20:44:29-04
Snow in Denver

DENVER -- Strong north winds signaled a big change in the weather as a powerful cold front raced through the state Wednesday. The winds are over but the fun is just beginning as the first snow of the season gets underway.

Throughout the day, this story will be updated with both minor and large breaking news events as the fall snowstorm makes its way through the Denver metro area. Check back as we continue to update this story.

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11:51 a.m. — I-25 is now closed in both directions in the South Gap area...at County Line Road northbound and at Plum Creek Parkway southbound.

10:36 a.m. — The northbound lanes of I-25 are closed between Tomah Rd. and Plum Creek Parkway due to a crash. No estimate for when it will reopen.

10:01 a.m. — Updated list of cities on accident alert: Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Erie, Wheat Ridge, Thornton, parts of Denver (districts 3 and 5 in the SE and NE).

8:46 a.m. — Some flights destined for Denver International Airport are being delayed at their destinations due to the snow.

8:43 a.m. — Cities currently on accident alert include: Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Wheat Ridge and Thornton

7:32 a.m. — Delays up to 30 minutes reported along RTD lines and routes.

7:01 a.m. — I-70 eastbound reopened through Eisenhower Tunnels, according to CDOT.

6:41 a.m. — Band of moderate snow is on the move. More snow in Denver within 30 minutes, Denver7 meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo reports.

6:32 a.m. — High winds and heavy blowing snow reported in north Fort Collins.

6:15 a.m. — Rollover accident reported on eastbound I-76 near Sheridan.

6:01 a.m. — CDOT reports a safety closure at Exit 180 - East Vail due to vehicles spun out.

5:46 a.m. — Multiple-vehicle wreck reported on I-25 near Berthoud, Hwy 60, Jauyson Luber reports.

5:37 a.m. — RTD warns commuters on possibility of delays or longer travel times. Check routes: bit.ly/2idekmB

5:30 a.m. — Light snow, temps in the mid-20s to start the morning. Wet roads in the metro area.

5:13 a.m. — Potentially hazardous driving conditions on I-25 near Fort Collins, Denver7's Eric Lupher reports.

4:50 a.m. — Up in Wyoming, I-80 is closed east of Cheyenne to the Nebraska state line.

4:44 a.m. — North of Denver, snow is starting to stick on I-25 at Johnston, according to Denver7's Eric Lupher.

4:30 a.m. — Mostly drizzle and a wintry mix in Denver before bands of snow move through the metro area by mid morning.

12:30 a.m. — If you're heading out to work, prepare for a wet commute in Denver and the surrounding areas, and slushy roads if you're in the mountains. Heavier snow could reach the Denver metro area by mid-morning or around noon on Thursday.