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Live blog: Second snowstorm of the season moving into the Front Range

Posted: 4:11 PM, Oct 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-24 11:40:35-04
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DENVER -- The second snowstorm of the fall season is moving into the Front Range. Denver and the immediate metro area are under a winter weather advisory, while areas to the south, toward the Palmer Divide and including the foothills southwest of Denver, are under a winter storm warning.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, 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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Thursday

9:25 a.m. — Boulder Canyon Road has reopened following a weather-related rockslide. The slide was not caused by blasting.

Boulder Canyon rockslide Oct 24 2019

6:36 a.m. — There are a couple crashes on I-25 in the northbound and southbound lanes between Lincoln Avenue and RidgeGate.

6:30 a.m. — Matthew Inzeo with CDOT said one person was injured in the earlier rockslide on Boulder Canyon Drive (Highway 119) at at Sugarloaf Road. The person was driving and hit a rock in the road. They have minor injuries. The road remains closed as crews work to move the rocks off the road. Inzeo said they hope to reopen it after the sun rises and they get a chance to assess the slope and rock face. The rocks covered both lanes. Trooper Josh Lewis with CSP said it happened at 3:36 a.m.

6:28 a.m. — The eastbound lanes of I-70 have reopened at Genesee.

5:36 a.m. — The Denver International Airport announced it is on a normal schedule, as it didn't receive much snow overnight.

5:35 a.m. — Eastbound I-70 has closed by Genesee due to stopped semi trucks. There's at least one jackknifed semi. The semi lost its chains, according to Trooper Josh Lewis with CSP. Nobody was injured.

5:07 a.m. — Denver Public Schools announced that all schools in the district are open today on a normal schedule. There may be some minor delays with the bus routes due to the road conditions.

4:26 a.m. — A tree has fallen and is blocking both directions of Colorado Boulevard near Mansfield Avenue. It did not cause any outages. (Update: This was cleared and both directions reopened at 4:59 a.m.)

4:25 a.m. — Both directions of I-70 have reopened between Morrison and Idaho Springs. The closure began at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday.

3:45 a.m.: Boulder Canyon Drive (Highway 119) is closed in both directions due to a rock slide at Sugarloaf Road. It is unknown when the canyon will reopen.

3:30 a.m.: Snow continues at this hour, but will taper off soon! About 1-3 inches have been reported across downtown, 2-4 inches in the suburbs surrounding the city and 4-8 inches along the Palmer Divide, according to Denver7 meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo .

2:30 a.m.: Westbound I-70 reopens in Morrison following removal of stuck semi-trucks and passenger vehicles.

12:00 a.m.: Eastbound I-70 reopens at Idaho Springs.


Friday

10:41 p.m.: I-70 will remain closed in both directions from Morrison to Idaho Springs overnight, according to the Colorado State Patrol in Golden.

9:03 p.m.: The northbound lanes of Federal Blvd. are closed at 84th Ave. due to a crash, CDOT says.

8:25 p.m.: CSP Golden now says the eastbound lanes of I-70 are now closed from Idaho Springs to Morrison. To summarize: Both directions of I-70 are now closed from Morrison to Idaho Springs. It’s unclear when the road will reopen.

8:14 p.m.: US 6 is now closed between US 40 and CO Highway 119 due to multiple crashes, CDOT says. There is no estimated time for the reopening of the highway.

8:07 p.m.: The eastbound lanes of I-70 are closed at Idaho Springs due to several spun-out vehicles, CDOT says.

7:32 p.m.: The westbound lanes of I-70 will be closed at Morrison (exit 259) due to multiple crashes between Morrison and Idaho Springs, CSP Golden says. It's unclear when they'll reopen.

6:43 p.m.: C-470 and Alameda north of Morrison are seeing heavy snow and roads getting covered, according to CSP Golden. Travelers are advised to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.

6:38 p.m.: The westbound lanes of I-70 have reopened at the Eisenhower Tunnel after a closure due to several spun out vehicles, CDOT says.

6:33 p.m.: The Grand County Office of Emergency Management is advising people to stay home as roads have become slick and visibility continues to get worse in the area. Officials say first responders are already working on three crashes across the county.

6:29 p.m.: The eastbound lanes of Highway 40 are temporarily closed at Berthoud Pass due to a two-vehicle accident involving a jack-knifed truck that is partially blocking the highway.

6:03 p.m.: Expect wet roads to become snowy and slushy in the Denver area by mid evening as snow increases and temperatures falls, the National Weather Service in Boulder says.

5:56 p.m.: The westbound lanes of I-70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel are closed due to several spun out vehicles, the Colorado Department of Transportation says.

5:08 p.m.: Douglas County officials say they have "several shelters on stand-by" as the snowstorm moves through the area. The shelters on stand-by are Bible Generations Church on south Highway 83, New Covenant in Larkspur, and New Hope Church in Castle Rock.

4:54 p.m.: RTD is advising travelers to start planning for the morning commute Thursday as "icy roads and traffic congestion mean increased travel times."

4:41 p.m.: Here's a look at the snow coming down in Castle Rock, where 6-8 inches are expected to accumulate through Thursday morning.

3:42 p.m.: Denver7's Gary Brode reports rain is already turning to snow on I-25 near Steele St.

3:30 p.m.: The second snowfall of the season is expected to "heavily impact" the I-25 South Gap Project between Colorado Springs and south Denver, Metro Denver and Southeast Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The project will reduce speed limit in the area to 45 mph starting at 6 p.m. CDOT advises travelers to plan ahead as there may be possible road closures. If I-25 is closed in the south gap area between Monument and Castle Rock, you can also anticipate Highway 83 to close - meaning no viable routes will be available in the area, so it's recommended that you stay off the road. Northbound traffic will be re-routed back to Colorado Springs and Southbound to Castle Rock or Denver.