DENVER — Denver's first snow of the season arrived Saturday morning and brought six or more inches of snow to the Denver area with even bigger totals in the mountains. The heaviest snow fell Saturday evening into Sunday.
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Sunday, October 29
11:49 a.m. |DENVER'S SNOW RESPONSE| Denver’s 45-50 plow drivers on duty today will work to address the city’s main streets, plowing and dropping deicer as needed, the city said in a statement. Drivers will continue paying particular attention to bridges and overpasses and are addressing the streets and walkways around Empower Field at Mile High, in anticipation of people travelling to today’s Denver Broncos game.
9:16 p.m. |911 OUTAGE| Douglas Regional Dispatch is not receiving 911 calls at this time. They are asking the public to call 303-660-7500 if they have an emergency.
Saturday, October 28
10:00 p.m. | Snow tire season arrived in a hurry | Danielle Kreutter spoke with city crews and drivers about how they prepared on the roads for the heavy snowfall.
8:27 p.m. | Snowfall update | As much as eight inches of snow fell in some spots in the Denver metro Saturday, with the heaviest expected snowfall still ahead.
An additional 4-10 inches was expected to fall through Sunday, according to a National Weather Service forecast discussion updated just after 7 p.m. Saturday.
7:33 p.m. | Winter storm warning expanded | NWS Boulder has added Eastern Douglas County and Western Elbert County to an ongoing winter storm warning.
Eastern Douglas and Western Elbert Counties have been added to the Winter Storm Warning. Additional snowfall is expected overnight. Roads and sidewalks are becoming slick. Use caution if you must travel tonight. #cowx pic.twitter.com/cNUYKmXKY9— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) October 29, 2023
5:59 p.m. |ROAD CONDITIONS| With more than a foot of snow expected to fall this weekend, crews are working around the clock to treat the roads. The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI), which is responsible for treating Denver city streets, says its crews are working 12-hour shifts.
5:05 p.m. |FORECAST| The heaviest snow is expected tonight into Sunday morning, when 1-2 inch per hour snowfall rates are likely. An additional 5-10 inches of snow is expected in the foothills and lower elevations.
3:49 p.m. |EVENT CANCELED| The cold and snowy weather is putting a damper on some festivities that were planned in Denver this Halloween weekend, including the highly anticipated Día de Los Muertos Parade and Festival.
3:21 p.m. |DOUGLAS COUNTY ACCIDENT ALERT| Many jurisdictions will go on Accident Alert during this storm. This generally means authorities will only respond to crashes with injuries, property damage or when suspected drugs or alcohol are involved. In all other incidents, drivers are encouraged to exchange information and file reports online.
2:28 p.m. |CASTLE ROCK ACCIDENT ALERT| Many jurisdictions will go on Accident Alert during this storm. This generally means authorities will only respond to crashes with injuries, property damage or when suspected drugs or alcohol are involved. In all other incidents, drivers are encouraged to exchange information and file reports online.
2:17 p.m. |TRAFFIC| Westbound Interstate 70 at Vail Pass has reopened following an hour-long safety closure.
1:58 p.m. |FORECAST| Snow, heavy at times, and very cold temperatures can be expected. The snow will pick up later this afternoon, with the heaviest snow falling this evening through early Sunday morning. Snow totals are expected to range between 4-7” in the metro and 5-12” in the foothills and Boulder. The northern and central mountains may see 10-24” through Sunday afternoon.
1:25 p.m. |TRAFFIC| Westbound I-70 at Vail Pass (Exit 190) is closed for safety concerns. CDOT reported the closure at 1:20 p.m. There is no estimated time on when it will reopen. Traffic cameras in the area show stalled traffic in near white-out conditions.
10:57 a.m. |TRAVEL| Several cancellations and delays reported at Denver International Airport Saturday morning. According to FlightAware.com, DIA has seen seen 71 delayed flights and 5 canceled flights.
8:54 a.m. |SHELTER| With the forecasted cold weather arriving this weekend, Denver will open overnight shelter in the ballroom of the former Best Western hotel, 4595 Quebec St., and the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Sunday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Oct. 30.
8:47 a.m. |FORECAST| Heavy mountain snow will continue through tonight with snow expected to spread across the Denver metro area today and continuing through mid-Sunday. Travel impacts are likely across the I-70 and I-25 corridors.
8:37 a.m. |RECORDS| October is usually when Denver sees its first measurable snowfall. In the last 138 years, measurable snow has fallen in Denver in October 122 times. We’ve missed out on any significant snowfall for October only 16 times since 1882.
8:09 a.m. | TRAFFIC | Our Denver7 crew spotted several crashes along Interstate 70 in Denver Saturday morning. Roads and highways are wet and icy in spots.
7:25 a.m. | TRAFFIC | Westbound I-70 closed at Vail Pass Summit due to safety concerns.
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