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Live updates: Watch for slick roadways on the commute; several districts on delays

Posted: 12:51 PM, Feb 01, 2022
Updated: 2022-02-03 12:57:31-05
Snow Plow

A snowstorm that hit the Denver metro area and Front Range Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday dumped between 8 and 10 inches in metro Denver. Highest amounts have been west of Colorado Springs in the higher elevations- around 22 inches of snow.

The attention Thursday morning is turning to slick roadways for the morning commute. Denver7 Traffic Expert Jayson Luber has already spotted slick spots in several areas.

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Below are the latest updates on this snowstorm.

9:30 a.m. | Temperatures | Some of the coldest temperatures of the year chilled Colorado Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, with one location dropping to almost 50 degrees below zero. Click here for our full story.

6:23 a.m. | Travel | RTD said customers should expect delays and slower travel times due to the icy conditions and recent snow. Travelers should plan ahead, dress for extreme cold. RTD provides service alerts to let customers know about any issues and Next Ride provides real-time locations of light rail trains and buses.

4:30 a.m. | Closure | Weld RE-5J School District closed in Milliken. Closure due to rural road conditions and bus driver shortage, according to the district's website. Several other Weld County districts delayed 2 hours.

4:30 a.m. | Delay | Thompson School District R2-J is delayed 2 hours in the Loveland area.

3:30 a.m. | Delay | Several rural districts are on a delay, inluding Strasburg, Platte Canyon, Limon, Elizabeth, Elbert and Bennet. Check full list of delays and closures.

3:30 a.m. | Closure | City of Boulder offices and facilities are delayed 2 hours.

9:53 p.m. | Delay | FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center in Lafayette will open at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

8:58 p.m. | Delay | Nederland Elementary, Nederland Middle-Senior High, Gold Hill Elementary and Jamestown Elementary are on a two-hour delayed start tomorrow.

8:57 p.m. | Delay | City of Boulder offices and facilities will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow due to the weather.

5:45 p.m. | Closure | All lanes of northbound I-225 are back open at East 6th Avenue in Aurora following a semi-truck rollover.

5:09 p.m. | Delay | Due to hazardous travel conditions from excessive snowfall and extreme cold overnight, Broomfield city facilities will be operating on a delayed schedule and opening at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3.

4:37 p.m. | Closure | All lanes of I-225 are closed near 6th Avenue in Aurora as crews work to remove a semi-truck that rolled over earlier this afternoon. People driving in the area can exit onto 6th Ave. and immediately get back onto I-225.

2:50 p.m. | Closure | Two of the northbound I-225 lanes are blocked and will be for a few hours after a semi-truck rolled over on NB I-225 near 6th Ave. Expect delays if traveling in the area.

1:19 p.m. | DIA: Operations running smoothly | DIA officials said in a statement Wednesday all six runaways are open and have remained open throughout this snowstorm. At DIA, which is Denver's official snowfall recording site, they've received 2.7 inches as of 1 p.m. They said Peña Blvd. is open.

"It's tough to pinpoint what is causing delays and cancellations - it could be due to weather, maintenance, staffing, etc.," the official said.

1:10 p.m. | Denver Zoo closed Thursday | Denver Zoo officials say the zoo will be closed tomorrow due to "extreme cold" temperatures. The majority of their animals will need too remain in their indoor habitats for their safety and comfort, officials said. Temperatures are expected to drop well below zero this evening with temps between -5 to -15 degrees Fahrenheit over most of the plains and -20 to -35 degrees Fahrenheit for the coldest mountain valleys, according to the NWS.

12:05 p.m. | ABC News: DIA among 'hardest hit' airports due to inclement weather

ABC News is reporting that U.S. flight cancellations are continuing to climb as a storm system moves across Colorado and much of the Eastern United Status. As of 11:45 a.m., 1,940 flights had been canceled nationwide. Thursday looks to be worse, as already 2,243 flight cancellations are planned, according to ABC News.

Southwest Airlines is the most affected with 436 flights canceled today and another 780 cancellations planned for tomorrow.

Among the hardest hit airport? DIA, Chicago O'Hare, Detroit and Dallas.

11:28 a.m. | Latest conditions and forecast | Here's the latest from Denver7's reporters and Meteorologist Stacey Donaldson on what to expect for the rest of the day:

Snow to wind down Wednesday afternoon; bitter cold to follow
Forecast: Snow update & below 0 tonight

11:13 a.m. | Plow update | Denver says its big snowplows will continue to clear main streets and streets near schools through the day Wednesday. Residential plows are working to take one pass down side streets.

“Given our extreme cold temperatures today, many roads will remain snow-packed,” the city said.

11:10 a.m. | Weather update | The National Weather Service downgraded the Front Range to winter weather advisories. Light snow and another inch or two is expected to continue into the early evening as temperatures continue to fall.

10:30 a.m. | Delays at DIA | While DIA is only seeing about 15-minute delays, the FAA says flights heading to Chicago O'Hare International Airport are currently experiencing delays averaging 1 hour and 13 mins. Total flight cancellations at DIA are at 146 and delays are at 126.

8:35 a.m. | Postponement | Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold was scheduled to hold press conference to announce her 2022 legislative priorities this afternoon, but this has been postponed due to the weather. It will be scheduled for a later date.

8:05 a.m. | Snow totals | We gathered a list of current snow totals as flurries continue around Denver this morning. As of now, the Colorado Springs area is seeing the most snow, with 14-22 inches in some spots. Denver will likely see an additional 2-3 inches today. The Sangre de Cristos will see the most new accumulation today, with up to 18 inches possible.

7:34 a.m. | Travel | Fort Collins is now on Accident Alert, meaning if you're involved in a non-injury crash that does not involve drugs or alcohol, just exchange information with anybody else involved and fill out an online report here.

7:32 a.m. | Closure | I-25 southbound is closed between exit 254 and CO 60/Johnstown due to a crash.

7:30 a.m. | Closure | FEMA is closing the Marshall Fire Disaster Recovery Center today due to weather. It was scheduled to open at 11 a.m. It will reopen Thursday.

7:07 a.m. | Closure/reopen | I-70 eastbound is back open after closing at 6:30 a.m. between Vail and East Vail. A box truck was blocking the interstate, according to CSP.

6:46 a.m. | Travel | The snow has been coming down all morning in Aurora. It's the light, fluffy stuff that makes it easier to shovel but not so good for Denver7's Kristian Lopez to try to build a snowman.

Snow coming down in Aurora, but not the best kind for snowmen

6:40 a.m. | Travel | The main roads in Denver are looking better than the side streets and the sidewalks. Denver7's Colette Bordelon spoke to one snow shoveler who's been braving the conditions for two decades to shovel the snow.

The unsung heroes of the storm: People shoveling the sidewalks

6:23 p.m. | Travel | The roads are snow-covered in Lakewood, but Denver7's Veronica Acosta says they've seen plows making their way through the area.

Snow is blowing and covering the roads in Lakewood

5:49 a.m. | Closures | RTD has suspended CV service between Pine Junction and Denver due to the U.S. 285 closure.

5:20 a.m. | Weather & Traffic | Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo and traffic expert Jayson Luber break down the conditions as of 5 a.m.

Band of snow rolls through early across Denver metro area

5:12 a.m. | Travel | U.S. 285 is closed between Colorado State Highway 8 and Parmalee Gulch Road near Morrison at mile point 247 due to safety concerns.

5:10 a.m. | Closures | Dozens of school closures have come in overnight. Our delays and closures list has the latest updates.

4:45 a.m. | Weather Update | The NWS in Boulder upgraded Denver to a Winter Storm Warning due to a band of snow over the metro. NWS says could expect another 6 inches under the band.

10:59 p.m. | Delays | All Arapahoe County facilities will be on a 10 a.m. delayed opening Wednesday.

10:11 p.m. | Crashes | Eastbound I-270 is currently closed north of Vasquez Boulevard due to a semi blocking both lanes after sliding into the median.

9:38 p.m. | Closures | Denver city government offices will be closed Wednesday due to weather.

9:26 p.m. | Closures | State of Colorado government offices along the I-25 corridor will be closed Wednesday due to weather.

8:44 p.m. | Closures | CU Boulder will be closed on Wednesday because of the snow. Click here for the full list of closures.

7:55 p.m. | Closures | Aurora Public Schools (APS) and Pickens Technical College will be closed on Wednesday because of the snow.

7:25 p.m. | Closures | Denver Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday because of the snow.

6:49 p.m. | Closures | Adams 14 will be closed on Wednesday because of the snow.

6:41 p.m. | Closures | Adams 12, Westminster Public Schools and St. Vrain Valley Schools are also closed on Wednesday because of the snow.

6:20 p.m. | Closures | The Boulder Valley School District, Cherry Creek School District and 27J Schools are also closed on Wednesday because of the snow.

6:06 p.m. | Closures | The Douglas County School District will be closed Wednesday, as will Jeffco Public Schools.

5:58 p.m. | Crashes | Colorado State Patrol said the unincorporated areas of Boulder, Clear Creek, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson and western Adams and Arapahoe counties are now on accident alert.

5:55 p.m. | Closure | Littleton Public Schools will also be closed on Wednesday, the district sadelays and closures list has the latest updates.osures here.

5:45 p.m. | Testing and vaccine closures/delays | Many testing sites and vaccine sites are either closed or delayed on Wednesday because of the snowstorm. An updated list of closures can be found here.

5:12 p.m. | Weather Update

The NWS in Boulder said in its updated forecast discussion just before 3 p.m. Tuesday there could be some heavier bands that develop Tuesday evening with snowfall rates of a half-inch to one inch per hour.

The NWS is also watching whether or not conditions will develop to force some of the heavier snow stemming from the upslope conditions further east toward the Denver area.

“At this time, we still think the upslope component will generally win out since there is some forcing aloft as well, but we have nudged up our amounts a couple more inches from the base of the foothills eastward to about I-25,” NWS forecasters said in the update. “…The current Warnings and Advisories will remain unchanged at this point, but be sure to note this forecast is far from certain.”

Click here for the latest forecast.

The updated snowfall forecast as of just before 2 p.m. Tuesday for the Feb. 1-2, 2022, snowstorm in Colorado.

4:32 p.m. | Closure | Colorado State University is closing and canceling all operations Wednesday. All in-person, hybrid, and remote classes are canceled for the Larimer County campuses. The closure is based on forecasts that include a period of below zero temperatures that may impact travel, public transportation, and other operations, CSU said.

4:24 p.m. | Closure | The Outlets at Castle Rock will close Tuesday at 6 p.m. due to the winter storm. The Outlets will have a delayed opening on Wednesday, and will open at noon.

2:10 p.m. | Closure | The City of Arvada facilities will close Wednesday due to this storm.

2:05 p.m. | Closure | The Boulder Valley School District is canceling after-school activities and events Tuesday due to the winter storm. Buses will operate on their normal drop-off schedule.

1:05 p.m. | Travel | Denver is preparing to deploy its big plows to the main streets once snow begins and residential plows to the side streets from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

1:01 p.m. | Closure | Greeley-Evans School District 6 schools will be closed Wednesday due to anticipated weather. All before and after school activities on Wednesday are canceled. All Tuesday activities will be held as scheduled. The district will also have a two-hour delay schedule on Thursday. There will also be no before school activities, morning preschool classes or breakfast on Thursday.

12:40 p.m. | Travel | The Colorado Department of Transportation said the snowstorm will cause difficult travel conditions along the Front Range, as well as across the state, this week. CDOT crews are prepared to keep the streets as safe as possible, but avoid travel if you can, CDOT says.

12:20 p.m. | Closure | Poudre School District schools will close on Wednesday due to the snowstorm moving in. This is not a remote learning day. All after-school activities for Wednesday have also been canceled.

10:45 a.m. | Delayed start | Boulder County's Disaster Recovery Center, which is serving community members affected by the Marshall Fire, will have a delayed opening due to incoming winter weather. It will open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and will close at the normal time of 5 p.m. It is located at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette.