Snowstorm slams metro area, moves out; hundreds of flights canceled

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DENVER -- A stronger-than-expected storm brought nearly a foot of snow to some places around metro Denver on Tuesday.

The entire region saw heavy snow with impressive snow totals. The storm made roads icy and snowpacked, snarled traffic, moved several schools to cancel classes and forced the cancellation of nearly 300 flights at Denver International Airport.

The storm wound down through the evening as skies turned partly cloudy overnight and temperatures slid into the single digits and teens. 

Roads were icy overnight and will be for the Wednesday morning commute.  Some sunshine will return Wednesday to help thaw roads but the high is only expected to reach 30 degrees.

Roads across the region remained snowpacked and icy late Tuesday afternoon as snowplow crews continued to work to try to get ahead of the accumulation.

RELATED: Full forecast

Another quick shot of snow arrives for the Thursday morning drive.  Accumulation looks to be light, but don’t count out slick conditions for the drive to work.  The snow will end by noon.  More sunshine is expected Friday and the weekend with a slow warming trend back into the 40s.

RELATED: Closures and delays

Several school districts announced snow days, including Denver, Aurora, Adams 12, Boulder, Cherry Creek, Douglas County, Jefferson County, and Littleton school districts, among others.

Numerous accidents tied up traffic throughout the metro area.

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The southbound Interstate 25 ramp at Speer Boulevard was briefly closed because of a jackknifed semitrailer. The flyover ramp from northbound Interstate 225 to westbound Interstate 70 was closed because of multiple accidents.

The southbound on-ramp to Interstate 25 at University Boulevard was closed after a semitrailer and a bus stalled. And several vehicles got stuck in the heavy snow and spun out.

RELATED: Storm Totals

Many places in metro Denver received 8-11 inches by the time the storm started to exit the region. Some areas south and east of the city saw even higher amounts.

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Denver International Airport reported 7.7 inches of snow by Tuesday evening, a record for the date. About 500 flights were canceled and the Federal Aviation Administration estimated average delays of up 3 1/2 hours for arriving flights Tuesday night. That was a slight improvement over delays in the afternoon.

That caused departing flights to be affected. Pena Boulevard was open, but traffic was moving slowly, and officials were advising travelers to allow for extra time and to check their flight status.