NewsLocal News


Weather blog: 3-6 inches of snow falls in Denver as bitter-cold temperatures set in

Posted: 1:37 PM, Dec 31, 2021
Updated: 2022-01-01 12:06:19-05

A strong cold front moved through the Denver metro area and northern Colorado, bringing 3 to 6 inches of snow to the Front Range. Cold temperatures will be a concern today and tonight with highs in the mid-teens.

READ MORE: In-depth look at the forecast | Today's forecast | Traffic radar | Interactive weather radars

While the storm is helping with the state's drought conditions, and has certainly helped with wildfire conditions in Boulder County, drivers should be prepared for tough, if not impassible, conditions on some highways in the high country.

We're keeping an eye on the roads and weather as this storm moves into Colorado. Read the live updates below.


10:04 a.m. | Skies will clear by this afternoon, but it will be a cold start to 2022. We're expecting highs in the mid-teens this afternoon.

9:11 a.m. | There are no major road closures to report as of Saturday morning, however a commercial vehicle chain law is in effect in some parts of the state, including I-70 mountain corridor.

9:00 a.m. | We'll see single-digit lows this morning, with wind chills at about 10 to 20 degrees below zero.


10:15 p.m. | Snow totals are beginning to come in with 10-15 inches in the foothills and 2-5 inches in the metro.

10:15 p.m. | Snow totals are beginning to come in with 10-15 inches in the foothills and 2-5 inches in the metro.

Early snow totals show up to 15 inches of snow in the foothills

9:52 p.m. | The National Weather Service Pueblo confirmed measurable snow has fallen at the Colorado Springs Airport bringing the number of consecutive snowless days to close at 233.

This is the fourth longest snowless day stretch on record for the area. Dec 31, 2021 will also go down as the latest first measurable snowfall on record.

9:49 p.m. | Following a heavy band of snow that will move cross the plains late Friday evening, mainly light snow will follow through the rest of the night, the National Weather Service Boulder says.

7:30 p.m. | Eastbound I-70 has reopened to traffic between Exit 114 - West Glenwood and Exit 133 - Dotsero.

7:02 p.m. | Due to snowy and icy conditions, the Denver Police Department is on Crash Alert status, likely until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

dpd accident alert.jpeg

5:55 p.m. | The far right lane of I-225 is now open for travel. Twelve total cars involved, some drivable, some requiring tows. Be patient if you must drive in the area. Please don’t drive at all if you don’t have to, Aurora police says.

5:45 p.m. | The City of Thornton is on "accident alert." If you are involved in an accident and no one is injured, please do not call for a police officer. Exchange information with the other driver(s), report the incident to your insurance company, and then file a police report later. However, if any of the drivers involved in the accident cannot produce evidence of insurance, please call Thornton Police.

5:35 p.m. | The city of Aurora is now on Accident Alert. If you are involved in a crash that does not involve one of the below listed criteria, exchange info and complete an online report here.

5:31 p.m. | A multi-vehicle crash on northbound I-225 has shut down the road at Iliff in Aurora, according to police. An estimated 8-10 vehicles are involved.

4:19 p.m. | I-70 eastbound is closed due to traffic impacts between Exit 114 - West Glenwood and Exit 133 - Dotsero, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

3:44 p.m. | The City of Boulder is ON Accident Alert per SGT Scott due to inclement weather.

3:22 p.m. | The westbound lanes of I-70 are closed at C-470 between the Morrison and Golden exits.

1:19 p.m. | Forecast update: Denver7 meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo says the heaviest snow should fall overnight and gradually taper off in the metro area Saturday morning. Expect highs in the teens to low 20s.

1:00 p.m. | Heads up if you're ringing the new year outdoors. Temperatures will fall to the teens and single digits with wind chills making it feel below zero in some places, according to NWS Boulder. Check the temperature map.

12:20 p.m. | Watch the latest forecast update from Denver7's Lisa Hidalgo below on Denver7's 24/7 weather stream.

Denver7 Weather

12 p.m. | A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the mountains with a Winter Weather Advisory also in effect for the Front Range. Visibility in these areas may be slim to none with white-out conditions due to blowing and drifting snow. This will likely make traffic very difficult, especially at higher elevations. Winds could become a hazard for drivers in lightweight or high-profile vehicles. Read more about this storm here.