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Weather news live blog: Latest on the winter storm and its impact on the state

Posted: 12:33 PM, Feb 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-04 06:18:55-05
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DENVER — A chilly air mass has moved into the state, bringing bitter low temperatures and snow that is expected to accumulate 3-6 inches in the Denver metro area into Tuesday. It's the heaviest snowfall since November.

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


9 p.m. — Several metro area school districts, including Denver Public Schools, have announced a 2-hour delayed start on Tuesday due to weather. Check the latest closings and delays here: http://bit.ly/2Ck4gV7.

6:54 p.m. — The eastbound lanes of I-70 east of the Vail Pass Summit have reopened following a crash in the area. Chain and traction laws are now in place, CDOT says.

6:21 p.m. Westbound I-70 is closed at Glenwood Canyon due to a crash in the area, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office says.

6 p.m. — Denver Police reports there have been 169 crash reports in an 11-hour span, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

5:27 p.m. Aurora, Arvada, Broomfield, Boulder, Commerce City, Elbert County, Northglenn, Lakewood, and Castle Rock are all on accident alert as of 5:30 p.m.

5:25 p.m. Boulder City offices, including the Boulder Public Library and Bouler Recreation Centers, will have a delayed start due to inclement weather on Tuesday. Offices will open at 10 a.m.

5:09 p.m. Denver Police reports there have been 17 crashes in a span of 30 mins. They ask drivers to be weather aware as the snowstorm moves through the Denver area this evening.

4:54 p.m. DIA is reporting 464 flight delays and 168 flight cancellations as of 5 p.m.

4:43 p.m. — The eastbound lanes of I-70 are closed east of the Vail Pass Summit due to a crash. There is no estimated time for the reopening of the highway, CDOT says.

4:43 p.m. Westbound Highway 50 from Purcell west is closed due to multiple slide offs and crashes, CSP Pueblo officilals say. Several troopers are on scene; please remember to move over for first responders.

4:24 p.m. RTD officials say people taking public transportation should expect a slow evening commute extending through Tuesday morning due to snowy conditions in the Denver metro area.

4:07 p.m. — Lakewood City Council has also canceled Monday's meeting due to weather. City offices will open an hour later on Tuesday, officials said.

3:52 p.m. — Aurora City Council meetings that were scheduled for Monday night have been canceled due to weather.

3:48 p.m. DIA is reporting 437 flight delays and 153 cancellations as of 3:45 p.m.

2:16 p.m. — DIA is reporting 367 flight delays and 144 cancellations as of 2 p.m.

1:37 p.m. — The Colorado Department of Transportation is advising people to leave early from work Monday if possible to avoid the brunt of the storm. They are also asking drivers to avoid or restrict travel on the I-25 South Gap project between Castle Rock and Monument this evening. CDOT said crews are out in force with approximately 100 plows in the metro area alone. Roads were pretreated in advance of the storm and crews are de-icing road surfaces to help with plowing.

12:33 p.m. — Some Denver area school districts have canceled evening activities, including Denver Public Schools. See the full list here.

10:52 a.m. — There is a minor crash on northbound E-470 near Pena Boulevard. No lanes are closed.

10:44 a.m. — As of 11:30 a.m., Johnson and Wales University is closing at 11:30 a.m., Strasburg Dist. 31-J is closed today, Weld County RE-3J has closed all evening activities, the Buckley Air Force Base will have an early release at 11 a.m. Click here for the latest on closures.

10:40 a.m. — The westbound ramp on C-470 is closed heading into Golden because of a semi crash and fuel leak. Colorado State Patrol an extended closure should be expected. Westbound C-470 traffic is being diverted onto eastbound I-70.

10:38 a.m. — The Colorado Springs Police Department said they are investigating a hit and run crash in westbound Bijou east of I-25. It's currently blocking the right lane of westbound Bijou.

9:35 a.m. — Southeast Denver is on accident alert.

9:28 a.m. — E. Yale Avenue is closed west of Havana S. Havana Street due to a multi-vehicle crash.

9:20 a.m. — Southbound Quebec Parkway has reopened by Highway 2 in Commerce City.

9:11 a.m. — Northglenn is on accident alert.

9:10 a.m. — Arvada is on accident alert.

9:04 a.m. — Authorities are responding to a rollover crash in the northbound lanes of I-25 between Fillmore and Garden of the Gods. The vehicle is on the right shoulder.

8:58 a.m. — The left westbound lane of C-470 is closed at I-70 for a crash.

8:51 a.m. — The crash in the northbound lanes of I-25 at exit 228/E-470 from 7:31 a.m. has been cleared. All lanes are back open.

8:46 a.m. — The westbound lanes of I-70 are closed between exit 304/Bennett and exit 299/Manila Road due to a crash. As of 8:52 a.m., one lane had reopened.

8:45 a.m. — The crash in westbound I-76 at exit 6/I-270 in Commerce City has been cleared. All lanes are back open.

8:40 a.m. — Southbound Quebec Parkway is closed by Highway 2 in Commerce City due to a jackknifed semi truck.

8:31 a.m. — The crash on CO 402 near Loveland from 8:24 a.m. has been cleared. The roadway between Boise Avenue and County Road 9E has reopened.

8:37 a.m. — Fort Lupton Fire reports that Highway 52, which closed in both directions for a multi-vehicle crash around 6:15 a.m., has reopened.

8:32 a.m. — Boulder is on accident alert.

8:27 a.m. — Commerce City is on accident alert.

8:25 a.m. — Strasburg Dist. 31-J has closed schools today.

8:24 a.m. — CO 402 near Loveland is closed all both directions between Boise Avenue and County Road 9E. CDOT does not have an ETA for the reopening. Use exit 257 as an alternate route.

8:26 a.m. — Thornton is on accident alert.

8:22 a.m. — There is a crash out west at 96th Avenue and Indiana Street.

8:23 a.m — The crash on northbound I-25 between exit 223/120th Avenue and exit 225/136th Avenue has been cleared. In addition, the on ramp to northbound I-25 from 136th Avenue is back open after this morning's fatal crash.

8:15 a.m. — The crash reported at 7:54 am. on northbound I-25 near 136th Avenue has been cleared. An investigation is continuing in this area for a separate fatal crash from earlier this morning.

8:12 a.m. — A crash has been reported on I-25 between exit 223/120th Avenue and exit 225/136th Avenue.

8:10 a.m. — Aurora is on accident alert.

8:09 a.m. — The crash on northbound I-25 at Exit 245/Mead has been cleared.

8:05 a.m. — A crash has been reported on I-25 northbound at exit 223/120th Avenue. The express land is blocked due to a crash involving multiple vehicles, CDOT says.

7:55 a.m. — Broomfield is on accident alert.

7:54 a.m. — A crash has been reported at exit 225/136th avenue along I-25 northbound. The left lane is blocked. This is the same area as a fatal Thornton rollover from earlier this morning. Investigators are still at the scene of the earlier crash.

7:50 a.m. — A vehicle has stalled on I-76 westbound at exit 6/I-270. A semi is blocking the center and left lanes.

7:50 a.m. — A crash has been reported on exit 223 on I-25. All lanes are open.

7:44 a.m. — CDOT is reporting that there is debris in the roadway on US 24 westbound between CO 4/Meadowbrook Parkway and Marksheffel Road.

7:38 a.m. — A crash has been reported in the northbound lanes of I-25 at exit 245/Mead. The left lane is currently blocked.

7:36 a.m. — CSP Limon reports that they were responding to multiple crashes along I-70 east of Denver.

7:31 a.m. — There is a crash on I-25 northbound at exit 228/E-470. The right lane is blocked.

7:13 a.m. — Fort Lupton Fire reports that Highway 52 remains closed in both directions from the earlier crash at County Road 31 and County Road 37.

6:15 a.m. — A multi-vehicle crash at Highway 52 and County Road 35 has shut down Highway 52 in both directions.

6:15 a.m. — A multi-vehicle crash at Highway 52 and County Road 35 has shut down Highway 52 in both directions.