DENVER – Light snow ended in metro Denver late Tuesday night, but record cold temperatures hit the city before sunrise on Wednesday.
A handful of schools were closed or delayed Wednesday on the eastern plains.
On Wednesday morning, temperatures officially tied the record low of 7 degrees that was set back in 1959.
Icy drive Wednesday morning
Tuesday started off with light snowfall and windy conditions and very cold temperatures. The cold persisted later in the day Tuesday.
Temperatures were in the low to mid-teens in metro Denver at mid-afternoon.
The highest snow totals will be in the south and west. Parker and Castle Rock could see between 6 to 10 inches of snow before the snow ends.
Farther north, totals will like be between 4 to 6 inches from Thornton to Centennial and Denver.
Denver International Airport reported 495 flight cancellations Tuesday. The airport normally has about 1,700 flights a day. Air passengers are advised to check the status of their flight by clicking on this link.
A slow warm-up starts Wednesday with highs in the mid-30s. Then 50s on Thursday and Friday before 60s return for the weekend.
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Metro schools, businesses closed Tuesday
While there wasn’t much snow on the ground, students still got a snow day on Tuesday.
Almost 200 schools were closed, many of them just after students returned from Spring Break.
The school closures included Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County schools, Douglas County, Aurora, Cherry Creek, Adams 12, and Adams 14. Dozens of other school districts closed as well.
In a posting on its website, Denver Public Schools said Monday night that it made the call to close because it could be too hazardous to put kids on buses in what was expected to be icy, low-visibility conditions Tuesday morning.
The Denver Zoo was also closed Tuesday.
Denver International Airport has cancelled 495 flights. Staff said on Twitter that crews were continuing to clear snow and ice from runways and that about half the canceled flights were commuter flights to smaller Rocky Mountain towns.
Strange weather day Monday causes tornadoes, wildfire
The snowstorm followed a bizarre weather day Monday in which emergency workers northeast of Denver responded to a wildfire, a possible tornado and a blizzard warning — all within a 50-mile radius.
The Monday night storm knocked out power to about half the small town of Akron, destroyed a mobile home and damaged two other structures, at least one of which was a home, the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said.
No serious injuries were reported.
While it was not immediately clear if the winds in that storm were from a tornado, a tornado did briefly touch down near Bonny Lake in eastern Colorado on Monday, the National Weather Service reported.
The 2,600-acre wildfire, which firefighters put out Monday, happened in Sterling County.