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Live blog: School closures across Denver metro as light snow turns to flurries Wednesday morning

Traffic, closures, snow totals, and more
Posted at 4:30 AM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 13:04:28-04

DENVER — The storm will start to move out of Colorado Wednesday, but will leave behind very cold temperatures with lows close to zero. In the morning, the main concern will be this bitter cold and the slick roads. The snow will end by morning, but road conditions will remain slippery through the morning commute. By the end of the week, this cold front will have left town.

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11 a.m. — A semi-truck rolled over on the northbound I-25 frontage road near the Mead exit (exit 245) and the right lane of the interstate is blocked.

9:44 a.m. — The FAA's traffic management program has been lifted at DIA. FlightAware is showing delays of less than 15 minutes on about 130 flights.

9:39 a.m. — Denver police say there were 22 reported crashes this morning and five puffers reported stolen.

9:20 a.m. — CSP Limon says that roads are still slick and snowpacked in some areas and is telling drivers to slow down.

9:10 a.m. — DIA is still under a traffic management program, according to the FAA, with arriving flights delayed 21 minutes. There are 100 delays and 21 cancellations reported.

8:34 a.m. — There is a stalled vehicle on southbound I-25 at County Line Road (exit 163) that is slowing traffic and a crash on eastbound I-70 at Peoria St. that is blocking the right lane of traffic.

8:16 a.m. — There is a new crash on westbound 470 near Bowles.

8:05 a.m. — Westbound I-70 is back open at Vail Pass after a safety closure.

7:41 a.m. — There is a safety closure in place on westbound I-70 at Vail Pass because of a crash.

7:13 a.m. — There are new crashes in the metro area: At northbound I-25 and I-70 in the right lanes and on westbound Highway 36 near Foothills Pkwy in Boulder.

6:50 a.m. — The FAA says there is a traffic management program in effect at Denver International Airport causing some arriving flights to be delayed by an average of 31 minutes. There are 16 cancellations this morning and 35 delays.

6:43 a.m. — We're seeing snowpacked and icy roads across much of the metro area with the final round of light snow falling.

6:40 a.m. — A car has left the road off northbound I-25 after Monument Hill.

6:28 a.m. — There is a spin out crash on northbound I-25 at 38th in the left lane.

6:12 a.m. — Three new crashes have been reported: One on southbound I-25 at Broadway, one on southbound I-25 at I-70 and one in the northbound lanes of I-25 before 58th Avenue.

6:08 a.m. — A crash has been reported on eastbound 470 just before Broadway.

6:06 a.m. — The crash on northbound I-25 at RidgeGate is now clear. While all lanes of the highway have cleared, it is still very slick.

6:01 a.m. — RTD riders should plan for delays on services this morning as morning traffic builds up. As of now, no weather-related issues have been reported. Buses and trains are running up to 15 minutes late. See rider alerts here.

5:59 a.m. — Loveland Pass has reopened.

5:49 a.m. — There's a crash on northbound I-25 at RidgeGate in the left lane.

5:46 a.m. — Traffic reporter Jayson Luber saw the below crash on I-70 near Kipling happen live. There was already a crash in the area before this one. A third crash just occurred in the same spot.

5:36 a.m. — The crash on I-76 at 96th Avenue has been cleared.

5:26 a.m. — A crash has been reported on I-76 at 96th in the left lane.

5:21 a.m. — A crash occurred in the northbound lanes of I-25 between Yale and Evans in the left lane. It's causing minimal delays.

5:19 a.m. — A crash has been reported on westbound I-70 at Kipling near the left shoulder.

4:48 a.m. — I-70 to the eastern plains has reopened in both directions.

4:33 a.m. — Alex Renteria said the Denver International Airport is expecting another half inch of accumulation by 6 a.m. today. Then, they'll get flurries until 10 a.m. So far, there are nine delays and 16 cancellations. Most of these are from small, regional airports in Colorado.

4:15 a.m. — As of this morning, I-70 out east to the plains is still closed. Specifically, the eastbound lanes are closed from Airpark to Limon and the westbound lanes are closed from Burlington to Airpark.

4 a.m. — School is closed today for all schools in the Denver metro area, with the exception of Jeffco Public Schools, which is on a two-hour delay. See more delays and cancellations here.

3:33 a.m. — Loveland Pass is closed for avalanche mitigation. There is no ETA for its reopening.