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 for Denver and the Front Range expired at 9 a.m.
Snow is starting to move south and out of the metro area, but another shot of a rain/snow mix is expected during the evening commute, from about 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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 before the wires were cleared.
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.
And there were various reports and photos of downed limbs and trees, including some into vehicles.
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 forced the Colorado Department of Transportation to close the interstate just after 9 a.m. to clean up the accident. It reopened just before 10 a.m.
Southbound U.S. 285 at Settlers Drive, just south of Turkey Creek Road, in Morrison was closed because of an accident and reopened about 9:15 a.m.
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 11:15 a.m., the National Weather Service had the following snow totals:
Eight miles north of Black Hawk: 21.5 inches
Black Hawk: 17 inches
Georgetown: 7.9 inches
Gold Hill: 10 inches
Four miles west of Boulder: 10 inches
Winter Park Resort: 10 inches
Conifer: 9.3 inches
Evergreen: 9 inches
Highlands Ranch: 8.5 inches
Genesee: 8.4 inches
Aurora: 8 inches
Castle Rock: 8 inches
Bailey: 7.8 inches
Boulder: 7.1 inches
Keystone Resort: 7 inches
Bailey: 6.5 inches
Northglenn: 5.5 inches
Lakewood: 5.5 inches
Broomfield: 4.4 inches
Westminster: 4 inches
DIA: 2.6 inches
Downtown Denver: 1.5 inches
Longmont: 1.2 inches
Snow covered Coors Field on Friday, one day before the teams' home opener.
However, by the time the first pitch comes around about 2:10 p.m. Friday, expect more seasonal weather with sunny 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.