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Live updates: Snowstorm hits Colorado

Many school districts are on delayed start this morning. Several more inches of snow fell overnight.
Posted: 8:43 AM, Nov 17, 2022
Updated: 2022-11-18 12:07:01-05
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DENVER — Another round of snow fell overnight and many school districts are on delayed start. Temperatures fell to the single digits. keeping roads icy and snowpacked.

If you live in Denver, you can track the snow plow drivers here.

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We’ll be posting the latest information on road conditions, traffic, crashes, and closures resulting from the snowstorm here in our live blog. Refresh for the latest updates. All times Mountain.


6:50 a.m.
The snowstorm that moved across Colorado Thursday and Friday brought a nice helping of snow to northern Colorado, particularly along the foothills in Jefferson and Boulder counties. Click here for the latest snow totals.

5:43 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Boulder says Denver and Boulder should see the snow taper to only flurries between 6 and 8 a.m., and skies will eventually clear across northern Colorado today. Temperatures will stay only in the 20s on the plains and teens in the mountains.

Here's the latest forecast from meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo.

Friday 5:15 a.m. weather conditions and forecast

5:40 p.m.
Good morning, Colorado! There are school delays, and some closures, across the metro area and northern Colorado this morning. Check our closings and delays page for the latest.

5:19 a.m.
Denver7 Traffic Expert Jayson Luber is tracking what appears to be a major wreck on NB 25 at Belleview. Live news here.

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4:36 a.m.
"It's going to be one of those mornings": Denver7 Traffic Expert Jayson Luber saw 3 crashes along I-25 on his commute into work early this morning. He notes the highways are snow covered and commute times in some parts of the metro are triple the normal. We'll be checking the roads all morning and you can stream the news anytime here.

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4:15 a.m.
You're waking up to another couple inches of snow in the metro area with many school districts delayed or closed. Very little additional accumulation is expected.

Forecast: What to expect this morning

10:23 p.m.
Denver7 breaks down what you need to know ahead of Friday's slick morning commute.

Several inches of snow in Denver metro, northern Colorado to affect Friday morning commute

9:33 p.m.
Travel will be difficult overnight, especially near the foothills of Boulder and Jefferson counties, the National Weather Service warned late Thursday. Expect a slick Friday morning commute, as well.

9:11 p.m.
More school districts are announcing closures or delays for Friday due to the weather, including:

  • Boulder Valley School District — 2-hour delay
  • Brighton 27J Schools — 2-hour delay
  • Denver Public Schools — 2-hour delay
  • Littleton Public Schools — 2-hour delay

For an ongoing list of school closures and delays, click here.

8:31 p.m.
The following school districts have announced closures or delays for Friday due to weather conditions:

  • Aurora Public Schools — 1-hour delay
  • Cherry Creek School District — 1-hour delay for elementary schools, 90-minute delay for middle and high schools
  • Douglas County School District — 90-minute delay
  • Elbert School District 200 — 2-hour delay
  • Englewood Public Schools — 90-minute delay
  • Pickens Tech College — 1-hour delay
  • The Joshua School-Boulder — Closed

For an ongoing list of school closures and delays, click here.

6:02 p.m.
The Denver Zoo will be closed Friday due to weather conditions. The majority of animals will remain in their indoor habitats, according to zoo officials. Evening events will continue as normal.

4:10 p.m.
The Denver International Airport is reporting 707 delays today and 29 cancellations. Departures to DIA are delayed an average of 71 minutes due to snow and ice.

2:11 p.m.
Denver has activated the Carla Madison Recreation Center as an overnight shelter for people experiencing homelessness as temperatures continue to dip and as the city is expected to receive between 4-6" of snow overnight. All Denver Recreation Centers are open on Thursday and Friday as warming stations during regular business hours for people who need a place to warm up during the day. An area in each center will be staffed, with access to drinking water, restrooms, and a place to sit.

2:04 p.m.

  • The City of Boulder is opening its Boulder Shelter for the Homeless tonight and tomorrow night, a city official said in a news release. The shelter will stay open until 9:30 a.m. on Friday and close as normal at 8 a.m. All city facilities will close at 4 p.m. Thursday, and tonight's City Council meeting will be held virtually.
  • Denver International Airport reports a total of 404 delays as of 2 p.m. and a total of 2 cancellations.

1:28 p.m.
The Auraria Campus is closing at 3 p.m. due to inclement weather.

1:21 p.m.
Denver's plow operators will remain on duty tonight into tomorrow to address the main streets. With more snow on the way, drivers are urge to go slowly and leave themselves plenty of stopping distance. Amid very cold temps tonight, slick spots are possible.

11:33 a.m.
Denver7 meteorologist Stacey Donaldson has the latest on Thursday’s snowstorm. There is a midday lull in the snow, but it will pick back up again this afternoon into the evening and likely make for messy commutes this evening and tomorrow morning.

Thursday 11:30 a.m. weather update
First round of snow hits Colorado Thursday morning

11:05 a.m.

We’re seeing a few school closures already for Thursday afternoon:

  • Red Rocks Community College is closing at 3 p.m.
  • Evening activities are canceled at Thompson School District R2-J
  • Colorado School of English will only have online evening classes Thursday evening.

Click here for a full list of closures.

11 a.m.
Several police departments across northern Colorado are on crash/accident alert for most of the rest of Thursday because of the snow. Under crash alerts, police departments ask anyone who gets into a crash in which no one is injured or flees the scene to report the accident by clicking here instead of calling police. Those include:

  • Greeley Police Department
  • Fort Collins Police Services
  • Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
  • Castle Rock Police Department
  • Broomfield Police Department
  • Lafayette Police Department
  • Keenesburg

9:18 a.m.
The NWS in Boulder has updated its forecast snow totals for the storm after this morning's snow. The foothills are now under winter storm warnings. Click here for the latest on what to expect into Friday morning from this storm.

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8:58 p.m.
The NWS has upgraded the Fort Collins, Boulder, Golden, Arvada, Longmont and Lakewood areas to winter storm warnings, expecting an additional 4-10 inches of snow into Friday morning. The winter weather advisory has been expanded into Summit County, the Mosquito Range and Indian Peaks, where 3-8 inches are expected. Click here for the latest.

8:25 a.m.
We’re tracking crashes across northern Colorado this morning that have closed roads.

  • U.S. 85 is closed northbound about 2 miles north of Gilcrest because of a crash.
  • There is also a new wreck on 6th Avenue near I-25.
  • There is a crash on westbound 285 near Wadsworth.
  • Several metro area police departments are already on crash alert this morning. Snow crews are out across the area.

The NWS says people can expect this morning's snow to taper off slightly later this morning before the storm increases in intensity this afternoon.

8:22 a.m.
The snow we expected this morning has arrived and is sticking to roads across the metro area and northern part of the state, making for slick roads for the later-morning commuters. CDOT has already put the passenger vehicle traction law in place on both directions of I-70 between C-470 and Floyd Hill.

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