DENVER — A spring storm brought snow to Denver and the Front Range on Thursday morning, with big, moisture-filled flakes causing slushy roads just in time for the morning commute and forcing some schools into delayed starts.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES are in place through noon Thursday not only for the mountains, but along the Front Range Foothills and the Palmer Divide, including Castle Rock and Castle Pines. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Denver and the Front Range until 9 a.m.
Snow is expected to fall until about 9 a.m. before tapering off, but another shot of a rain/snow mix is expected during the evening commute.
Some school districts went anywhere from a one-hour delay to closing completely because of the snow. SEE THE UPDATED LIST OF DELAYS AND CLOSURES.
As the snow continued to pile up during the morning, more issues arose.
In Denver, live wires were down at the front entrance of Christ The King School at East Eighth Avenue and Elm Street, according to the Denver Police Department. Parents were asked to drop off their children in the back of the school.
In Aurora, a tree fell into the northbound lanes of Buckley Road just north of Dartmouth, blocking two lanes, the Aurora Police Department said.
In Boulder, which is bracing for a heavy spring runoff just seven months after devastating floods, the Boulder Creek Path underpass was closed at 30th Street because of high water in the area. Detours were put in place.
There were various power outages along the Front Range, according to Xcel Energy’s outage map.
Icy and slushy spots greeted drivers on the Thursday morning commute. Temperatures will struggle to get into the low 40s Thursday afternoon.
Chain laws were in effect on Interstate 70 west of Golden. An accident on westbound I-70 on Floyd Hill involving a semi was blocking one of the lanes. Southbound U.S. 285 at Settlers Drive, just south of Turkey Creek Road, in Morrison was closed because of an accident with no estimated time of it reopening.
At Denver International Airport, as of 6 a.m., there had been no flight cancellations or delays, though passengers were asked to check their flight status before going to the airport. Airlines are deicing, so passengers will spend a little extra time before departure.
At 8:06 a.m., the National Weather Service had the following snow totals:
Eight miles north of Black Hawk: 20.5 inches
12 miles southwest of Georgetown: 11 inches
Gold Hill: 10 inches
Four miles west of Boulder: 10 inches
Evergreen: 9 inches
Genesee: 7.8 inches
Keystone Resort: 7 inches
Bailey: 6.5 inches
Aurora: 5.5 inches
Boulder: 5.4 inches
Broomfield: 4.4 inches
DIA: 2.6 inches
Downtown Denver: 1.5 inches
Longmont: 1.2 inches
For the Rockies’ home opener on Friday afternoon (first pitch at 2:10 p.m.), expect more seasonal weather with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-50s.
This weekend, another quick storm will bring another round of rain/snow Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning, with a 30 percent chance for a shower or two.