Heavy winter storm could impact end of Tuesday commute


A winter storm will bring snow — deteriorating road conditions potentially impacting the Tuesday commute — to northeastern Colorado including the metro area, according to the National Weather Service.

A widespread winter storm warning starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday with heavy snow expected overnight, the weather service said. In Denver, there’s a 100% chance of overnight snow, with accumulation of about a foot of snow in the city by about noon on Wednesday.

“Snow-covered roads will make travel very difficult due to heavy snowfall on roadways,” the weather service said in the storm warning. “The hazardous conditions may impact the tail end of the Tuesday evening commute and will greatly impact the Wednesday morning commute.”

Parts of east central, north central, and northeast Colorado, including the metro area, will see heavy snow overnight, with accumulations between 6 and 12 inches, the weather service said. The winter storm warning lasts until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Local totals include 12 to 15 inches east of Interstate 25 and on the northeastern plains, where winds will gust to 35 mph, creating reduced visibility with blowing and drifting snow conditions.

Motorists and travelers should expect storm conditions into late afternoon Wednesday, when the storm is expected to taper off from west to east. The weather service and Colorado officials, including the Colorado State Patrol, urge the public to stay home and be safe, during the storm.

“Troopers ask that you do everything you can to stay home and off the roads,” the CSP said in a news release. “However, if you must drive, be cognizant of the changing conditions and take a slow, cautious approach.”

The weather service said, “Persons should delay all travel if possible. If travel is absolutely necessary, drive with extreme caution and be prepared for sudden changes in visibility. Leave plenty of room between you and the motorist ahead of you, and allow extra time to reach your destination.”


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