Bitter cold could turn roads icy after snowstorm

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The view from FOX31 Denver viewer Jacob Paulsen on a normal day and a snow day March 11, 2014. (Photo: Jacob S. Paulsen/Twitter)

The view from FOX31 Denver viewer Jacob Paulsen on a normal day and a snow day March 11, 2014.
(Photo: Jacob S. Paulsen/Twitter)

DENVER -- Temperatures were expected to drop into the teens Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and roads that were wet from afternoon snow could turn icy in metro Denver.

Snow and strong wind arrived in city by midday Tuesday. Conditions were very cold and wet for anyone who had to go outside, a far cry from the 70s of just a couple of days ago.

Wet slushy snow was expected for the evening commute, with 1 to 2 inches expected in Denver and 3-4 inches in the foothills.

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The morning started with sunshine before clouds moved in. A cold front slid down the Eastern Plains of Colorado and through the Denver area around noon, with temperatures dropping from a high near 50 to about 34 for the evening commute.

The snow should end by 10 p.m.

Sunshine should return Wednesday with high around 50. But more snow could hit the Front Range on Saturday.

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The ramp from southbound I-25 to Hampden Ave. is closed because of an accident. See real time traffic conditions and delays here.

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From Denver Public Works:

Denver is expected to receive a few inches of snow today and tonight. Once temperatures drop, roads may become icy, especially elevated structures and shady areas. Denver Public Works has snow plow crews monitoring the main streets and will begin plowing snow and distributing de-icing materials when snow starts accumulating.

During tonight’s commute, drivers should go slowly, allow extra time and stopping distance when roads are wet or icy.

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US 6 Clear Creek Canyon closed due to accident between CO 119 and CO 93. Detour: I-70, CDOT says.

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Here’s the forecast from the NWS for today:

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Follow the snow storm on Twitter with #cowx

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