4-8″ of snow for Denver; over 60 school closures, delays Friday
DENVER — A storm that had already dumped several feet of snow in Colorado’s mountains arrived in Denver on Thursday night, and it is expected to continue to dump snow on the city Friday morning and then again on Friday night.
The accumulation from the storm was expected to be significant, between 4 and 8 inches, which led the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Warning Front Range and Eastern Plains for the majority of Friday morning.
Heavy snow developed Thursday night, dropping 1 to 2 inches of snow in an hour in some area. That snow continued overnight into Friday, and was beginning to taper off on Friday morning, with between 4 and 6 inches of snow in most areas.
While the snow was expected to take a break in the middle of the day Friday, it was expected pick back up in the evening. That could push accumulation totals to 8 inches in many areas around the Denver Metro area. The Foothills, meanwhile, could see up to a foot of snow.
The snowy conditions led a dearth of schools or districts across the state to make the call to cancel or delay class Friday morning. As of 4:15 a.m., there were 15 schools or districts that had decided to adjust or cancel their Friday schedule.
The winter weather also left many people across the Metro area without power Friday morning — too many to bulk together in any sort of group, in fact.
Xcel Energy’s power map showed dozes of yellow dots, which are outages that affect up to 500 people, and green dots, which are outages that affect under 50 homes. There was also one orange dot just north of Commerce City early Friday morning. The orange represents an outage that affects up to 2,500 homes.
The storm also caused a few power outages around metro Denver late Thursday. The biggest outage affected about 4,500 customers in the area of 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street near downtown. Power to that area had been restored Friday morning.
Xcel indicated their crews were expecting to have power restored for most customers no later than 9:30 a.m.
For the most part, the storm had moved out of the high country as of Friday morning, having dropped between 1 and 3 feet on many of the mountain resorts.
Though the snow is expected to resume in the Metro area on Friday evening, it’s expected to eventually taper off sometime Saturday morning.
The weekend looks cold with highs near 26 on Saturday and 32 on Sunday.
In New Jersey, the forecast for the Super Bowl still looks like a mostly cloudy day with temperatures near 32 at kickoff and temperatures falling through the 20s through the game.