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Colorado weather blog: A look at Denver road conditions as snow falls overnight

Expect slick conditions on metro roads for your morning commute and treacherous driving conditions to the south and west where the heaviest snow will impact roadways.
Posted: 4:39 AM, Feb 15, 2023
Updated: 2023-02-15 14:38:28-05
US Highway 50 near Fowler is snow-packed on feb 15 2023
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DENVER — On top of the snow that has fallen overnight, the Denver metro area can expect to see another 1 to 3 inches of new snow throughout Wednesday with totals piling up around 3 to 8 inches in Denver and heavier totals south and west of the city.

Front Range roads will be slick for the morning commute and even worse south and west, where treacherous driving conditions are likely. On this Denver7 Weather Action Day, we'll update road closures, school delays and the forecast below. Refresh the page for the latest information.

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Wednesday, February 15

12:35 p.m. | MOFFAT COUNTY UPDATE | Due to a ground blizzard of US Highway 40, west of Craig to the Colorado-Utah state line is closed. In addition, Highway 318 is closed from Maybell to the state line. Moffat County Search and Rescue is working to rescue multiple standard motorists on the roadway.

11:25 a.m. | SNOW TOTALS | As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the location with the most snow was Wolf Creek Pass along Highway 160 in Mineral County. Genesee also saw impressive totals with more than 10 inches of new snow. Click here for more totals.

7:49 a.m. | UPDATE FROM DIA | A traffic management program is in effect at the Denver International Airport, causing arriving flights to be delayed by an average of one hour and 23 minutes. There are 75 cancellations and 272 total delays at the airport.

7:40 a.m. | HIGHWAY CLOSURES IN NORTHWEST | US 40 from Dinosaur to Maybell and CO 318 from Maybell to the Utah state line are both closed due to adverse winter weather conditions.

4:47 a.m. | CHECK OF I-70 | Right now, I-70 east of Denver is reporting snow with icy conditions in spots, but the interstate is open in both directions. CDOT warned Tuesday a closure is possible if conditions deteriorate due to blowing snow and high winds.

4:20 a.m. | FORECAST | A few inches of snow fell across the metro overnight with more to come, says Denver7 morning meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo. Snow will continue to fall throughout the day with an additional 2 to 4 inches accumulation in spots. We’re expecting a foot or more in the central and southern mountains, especially the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The weather will be much colder with readings in the upper teens on Wednesday and single digit lows by Thursday morning.

4:05 a.m. | TRAFFIC | Denver7 traffic expert Jayson Luber on his drive into work up I-25 into Denver says road conditions will be less than optimal and he saw a lot more snow south and into downtown. He's tweeting more road conditions from this office now.

3:30 a.m. | DELAYS AND CLOSURES | So far this morning, there are 13 reported delays. Checkupdates here:

  • Assumption Catholic School opening at 10:00 AM
  • Bennett School District 29J remote today
  • Brightmont Academy- Castle Pines is remote
  • Castle Rock Senior Center closed
  • City of Centennial delayed 2 hours; online services available
  • Community College of Aurora closed
  • Elbert School District 200 closed
  • Front Range Community College - Westminster Campus is remote
  • Kiowa Schools closed
  • Limon School District RE-4J closed
  • Rocky Vista University closed
  • State of CO Denver Metro Offices delayed 1 hour
  • St Mary's Academy closed

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