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Live updates: Snow expected to hit Denver metro area hardest during morning rush hour

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Posted at 7:28 PM, Jan 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-25 17:57:48-05

DENVER – A snowstorm hit the Denver metro area and northern Colorado in earnest during the Tuesday morning rush hour, bringing inches of snow to the area throughout the day.

The snow started near the Wyoming border around midnight and moved southward, with the heaviest snow falling in the metro area between 8 and 10 a.m. Tuesday and over the Palmer Divide from 9 a.m. to noon, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The metro area saw between 2-5 inches of snow, with the heaviest totals on the western side of the metro area. The foothills and northern mountains are expected to get 4-8 inches of snow.

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We’ll update this story with the latest news, traffic and weather conditions throughout Monday evening and through Tuesday as the storm moves across Colorado. Refresh the page for the latest. (All times Mountain):

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Tuesday, Jan. 25

3:36 p.m. | Eastbound I-70 back open between Limon and the Kansas border

The eastbound lanes of I-70 reopened between Limon and the Kansas border following safety concerns due to adverse weather in the area.

3:34 p.m. | APS high school games, middle school practices canceled

Due to weather conditions, all APS high school athletic competitions have been canceled for Tuesday evening. All APS middle school athletic practices have also been canceled.

2:15 p.m. | I-70 closed in both directions out east

Interstate 70 is shut down in both directions between Limon and the Kansas border due to poor road conditions. Some areas along that stretch, particularly close to Burlington, have received more than a foot of snow, with 20 inches measured in Burlington itself. Click here for traffic conditions across the state.

1:31 p.m. | Northbound I-25 closure

Interstate 25 is closed northbound at Castle Rock Parkway due to multiple crashes blocking the road. Traffic is being diverted off the highway, Colorado State Patrol said. It's not yet clear when the road will reopen.

1:30 p.m. | Thornton off of accident alert

The City of Thornton is now off of accident alert.

12:13 p.m. | Updated snow totals

More snow totals are coming in with the highest recorded snowfall so far coming in at 17 inches in Stratton.

Check out the full snow totals list here.

12:11 p.m. | 4-vehicle crash on I-70

A four-car accident on eastbound I-70 before Tower Road has the inside lane blocked. A Denver7 crew went to check it out and said the roads were slushy in the area

11:17 a.m. | Snow total at DIA

As of 11 a.m. Denver International Airport has recorded 5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service Boulder.

11:15 a.m. | Buckley Space Force Based closed

Due to current and forecasted weather and icy road conditions, Buckley Space Force Base is closed to all non-mission essential personnel.

11:14 a.m. | I-70 W closed near Kansas border

Westbound I-70 is closed between the Kansas border and exit 361 for U.S. 24; Limon due to safety concerns. Check COtrip for the latest traffic updates.

11:06 a.m. | Early closures

Several organizations have decided to close early due to the current weather conditions:

11:03 a.m. | Foothills Animal Shelter closing early

Foothills Animal Shelter is closing at noon due to weather conditions. Normal hours of operation will resume from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

9:57 a.m. | Snow totals

Tuesday's snowstorm has already dropped a few inches of snow around the area Tuesday morning with totals expected between 2-5 inches to most areas of the Front Range and the eastern plains.

We've got a list of snow totals we'll continue to update throughout the day here.

8:51 a.m. | Several more areas on Accident Alert

The following areas have all announced they are now on Accident Alert:

8:07 a.m. | Broomfield on Accident Alert

Due to the weather and road conditions, Broomfield is now on Accident Alert. Report crashes online.

7:14 a.m. | Greeley, Wheat Ridge on Accident Alert

The roads continue to deteriorate, and more areas are feeling the impact. Both Greeley and Wheat Ridge are on Accident Alert this morning, so non-injury, non-drug or alcohol crashes should be reported online.

6:52 a.m. | Fort Collins goes on Accident Alert

Fort Collins is on Accident Alert until noon. Anyone involved in a non-injury, non-drug or alcohol crash in Fort Collins should exchange information and complete an online report.

6:19 a.m. | Aurora on Accident Alert

The City of Aurora is on Accident Alert due to the weather conditions. If a crash occurs and vehicles aren't disabled, drivers can leave the scene and make an online traffic report as long as no one was hurt and drugs or alcohol weren't involved.

5:48 a.m. | Snow in Broomfield

The snow is mostly sticking to the side of the road, but it's moving in quickly across the Front Range. Denver7's Kristian Lopez is keeping an eye on the road impacts.

Broomfield area starting to see snow

5:43 a.m. | Snow falling in Longmont

The snow is coming down in downtown Longmont, giving the Denver metro a look at what's to come. Denver7's Colette Bordelon has the latest details.

Snow starting to stick in Longmont

5:42 a.m. | Snow on the west side of town

Denver7's Veronica Acosta is checking out the road conditions around I-70 and the west side of the Denver metro.

Here's what to expect on the roads around the Front Range

5:41 a.m. | Traffic and weather latest

Denver7 Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo and Traffic Anchor Jayson Luber have the latest on the impact of the incoming storm.

Snow coming in quickly across Front Range

5:31 a.m. | Impact to DIA

Operations are normal at Denver International Airport so far. The FAA is predicting there could be some ground stops or delays due to weather after 6 a.m.

5:29 a.m. | Latest school delays, closures

Several schools have delayed starts or decided to close Tuesday due to the snowstorm and the impact to the morning commute.

Check out the full list of delays and closures here.

Monday, Jan. 24

10 p.m. | Latest forecast

Here is the latest on what to expect in the storm, which will move into Colorado starting around midnight, from Denver7's Katie LaSalle.

Snow arrives overnight, will make for an icy morning commute

8:33 p.m. | Denver Public Schools planning for normal operations

As of 8:33 p.m., Denver Public Schools is planning for normal operations tomorrow, according to a tweet from the district. If needed, updated guidance will be provided early Tuesday morning.

8:31 p.m. | Community COVID-19 testing sites closed or delayed

Multiple community COVID-19 testing sites will be closed or on a delayed start due to weather, state officials announced Monday evening.

Closed:

  • Summit County Community Center - Frisco
  • Silverthorne Recreation Center - Silverthorne
  • Estes Park Fairgrounds - Estes Park
  • Colorado Mountain College - Breckenridge
  • Washington County Fairgrounds - Akron

Delayed Opening at 10 a.m.:

  • All City Stadium - Denver
  • Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning Office - Aurora
  • Centaurus High School - Lafayette
  • Colorado School of Mines - Golden
  • Echo Park Stadium - Parker
  • George Washington High School - Denver
  • Instructional Support Facility - Aurora
  • Jefferson County Fairgrounds - Golden
  • Lakewood at South Kipling - Lakewood
  • Rocky Mountain Prep - Denver
  • SVVSD Innovation Center - Longmont
  • Clear Creek Valley Park - Arvada
  • Dr. MLK Early College - Denver
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy - Denver
  • Our Lady Mother of the Church - Commerce City
  • Southwest Plaza - Littleton
  • Riverdale Regional Park - Brighton
  • Aims Community College - Greeley
  • Aurora Center for Active Adults - Aurora
  • Centennial Hospital - Centennial
  • Dicks Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City
  • Douglas County Justice Center - Castle Rock
  • Sky Ridge Hospital -  Lone Tree
  • Waterworld - Federal Heights
  • Front Range Community College - Westminster
  • Foundations Church - Loveland
  • Timberline Church - Fort Collins
  • University of Northern Colorado - Greeley
  • Boulder County Fairgrounds - Longmont
  • Stazio Ball fields - Boulder 
  • Red Rocks Community College - Wheat Ridge 
  • SOAR Academy - Englewood 
  • Pirates Cove - Littleton 
  • Clear Creek County - Idaho Springs 

7:43 p.m. | Cherry Creek Schools also delayed

The Cherry Creek School District also announced delays Tuesday because of the snow and COVID-19 staffing shortages – calling it a “precautionary decision.”

For the moment, elementary and morning preschools are delayed by 60 minutes. High school and middle school students will be delayed by 90 minutes. Before-school childcare will be on a normal schedule.

“We will assess conditions early tomorrow and may decide to close schools if it is not safe to keep schools open,” the district said on its website. “We will communicate to all families and staff early tomorrow if there is a change.”Check out the full list of delays and closures here.ere.

7:20 p.m. | Douglas County Schools on 90-minute delay Tuesday

The Douglas County School District announced all schools will be on a 90-minute delay Tuesday morning because of anticipated snow during the morning and cold temperatures.

“We are taking the precautionary measure to call a delayed start in advance due to the potential for heavy snow and uncertainty in the forecasts about how early the storm will hit,” the district said in an announcement. “This will provide DCSD’s snow team some additional time to monitor and will provide our families and staff with more time to make any necessary preparations.”

Schools and buses will also pick up students 90 minutes later than normal, the district said.

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5 p.m. | Latest forecast

Here is the latest on what to expect in the storm, which will move into Colorado starting around midnight, from Denver7's Katie LaSalle.

Moday 5 p.m. weather forecast

3 p.m. | Denver Zoo closed Tuesday

The Denver Zoo said Monday afternoon it would be closed Tuesday because of low temperatures and so the majority of the animals can stay inside for their own safety and comfort.