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Live Updates: Snowstorm hitting mountains, rain-snow mix falling in Denver metro

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Posted at 9:22 PM, Oct 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-27 15:34:35-04

DENVER — A snowstorm is moving over the mountains and a rain-snow mix to the Front Range Thursday morning.

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If snow does reach the Denver metro area, and does accumulate, it will measure less than an inch, the National Weather Service said. For the mountains, total accumulation could reach 4 to 8 inches of snow in the mountains, according to NWS.

"Snow may pile up quickly under this band with up to 4 inches in 6 hours expected in the heavier hit spots. It is because of this threat for heavy snow rates that a winter weather advisory was issued for all our mountain zones," NWS reported.

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Multiple winter weather advisories are in place:

  • 6 p.m. Wednesday through noon Thursday: Rabbit Ears Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park, Medicine Bow Range, Summit County mountains, Mosquito Range, Indian Peaks
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday through noon Thursday: Western Mosquito Range and eastern Sawatch Mountains above 11,000 feet
  • Now through noon Thursday: Elkheads in the Park Range, Flat Tops
  • Now through 6 p.m. Thursday: Grand and Battlement Mesas, Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys and West Elk, Sawatch Mountain

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


12:53 p.m. | No measurable snow at the Colorado Springs Airport, NWS Pueblo says.

12:19 p.m. | Snow and fog are making for poor visibility along I-25 near Walsenburg at midday, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

11:31 a.m. | No measurable snow in Boulder so far.

11:31 a.m. | Snow is starting to stick to the pavement along Highway 12 near La Veta, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

11:10 a.m. | Westbound I-70 is open from Golden to the mountains, CSP Golden says, but winter driving conditions still exist and chain laws as well as traction laws are still in effect.

11:03 a.m. | I-70 westbound at Georgetown is open, CSP Golden says.

"Winter driving conditions exist and demand your absolute best effort & attention," the agency tweeted.

10:47 a.m. | Traction law in effect on I-70 between CO 103 and Exit 251 - US 40; El Rancho

10:43 a.m. | First flakes of the season in the Denver metro!

10:39 a.m. | Traction law no longer in effect at Rocky Mountain National Park.

10:22 a.m. | Colorado State Patrol closed westbound I-70 at Beaver Brook (exit 248) because of a crash. Traffic is being turned around back to Denver.

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10:20 a.m. | The right lane of I-70 remains closed near Empire Junction after this morning's crash. But CSP says the left lane is back open.

8:40 a.m. | The closure point for the crash on westbound I-70 has been moved back to mile marker 234 so drivers can turn around and head back east. Click here for more.

8:20 a.m. | Westbound Interstate 70 was shut down around 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Georgetown because of a deadly crash. The crash involved several vehicles, including a jackknifed semi-truck, according to video from the scene and Colorado State Patrol. CSP is advising truckers to stay in the metro area until the road reopens. Click here for the full story.

Westbound Interstate 70 was shut down around 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Georgetown because of a deadly crash.

6:56 a.m. | Northbound I-25 is back open between Larkspur and Castle Rock.

6:28 a.m. | We're seeing some heavy snow in Estes Park, light snow in Golden and some wet roads across the western side of the metro area.

6:20 a.m. | Northbound I-25 is closed from exit 174 in Larkspur to exit 181 at the I-25 frontage road near Castle Rock because of a crash. Traffic is being diverted onto Highway 105. Click here for the latest road conditions.

6 a.m. | Snow continues to fall in the high country this morning and we're starting to see a rain/snow mix develop across the Denver metro area. The roads will be just wet across the metro area for the morning commute, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s. Click here for today’s forecast.

Rain and snow developing in the Denver metro area

5:54 a.m. | Most mountain highways have traction and chain laws in effect this morning as snow continues to fall in the high country. Westbound I-70 was closed earlier this morning at Vail Pass but has since reopened. I-25 north of the Denver metro area is wet. Click here for the latest road conditions across the state.


9:05 p.m. | TRAFFIC | Westbound I-70 is closed between Copper Mountain (exit 195) and Vail Pass Summit (exit 190) due to safety concerns, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

5:09 p.m. | SCHOOL | Jeffco Public Schools announced all district-managed schools will be on a 2-hour delay Thursday. Charter schools are excluded from the delay, the district said.