Storm dumps 2 to 4 inches of snow, not as severe as expected

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Icy I225 approaching I-70. Feb. 20, 2013

Icy I225 approaching I-70. Feb. 20, 2013

DENVER — The snow continued to fall across Colorado Thursday morning, making the early commute a challenge metro. But aside from that, this particular winter storm was less severe than anticipated.

Particularly in the metro area, the weather pattern didn’t end up dumping as much snow as expected, according to meteorologist Chris Tomer.

“This storm ended up just a little too far south, reducing our snow accumulation,” Tomer said. “The snow should taper off to snow showers after 9 a.m. Thursday.”

When it comes to total snow accumulation, Tomer expected most of the front range would end up with between 2 and 4 inches — fairly moderate considering between 4 and 6 inches were expected.

The snow started falling in the mountains earlier Wednesday, and later made its way to southern suburbs like Castle Rock, Elizabeth, Parker and Aurora before moving up north.

Snow showers started in the metro area around 2 p.m., and turned to moderate and heavy snow later in the evening.

Schools started announcing closures and delays for Thursday late Wednesday night.  Some schools were still announcing closures Thursday morning. For a full list of those closures,clicking here.

Highs Thursday will be in the 20s and on Friday in the upper 30s. There’s another chance of snow in the Metro Saturday night into Sunday.