Slick overpasses, cold temperatures remain as season’s first storm exits

DENVER -- After going from one extreme to another, the first snowstorm of the season has moved out of the Denver metro, but slick overpasses and bridges could make for a slower commute Friday morning.

On Wednesday, Denver broke a 75-year-old record with a high of 80 degrees. On Thursday, snow moved into the metro area, with 1.7 inches falling at Denver International Airport, the city's official recording station.

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It was the first time since Oct. 12 that moisture had been recorded in Denver and the first significant moisture since July.

It was also the third latest first snowfall of the season in Denver, behind only Nov. 19, 1931 and Nov. 21, 1934.

Thursday's storm was a commuter nightmare across the metro area, with several accidents, road closures and long delays at DIA.

The mountain resorts picked up 5-10 inches of much-needed snow just a week before the Thanksgiving holiday.

With the storm having moved out, clear skies brought cold temperatures to the Front Range, with readings in the teens early Friday morning. Temperatures dropped to the single digits in the mountains.

The cold temperatures created icy roads, but after sunrise, the snow and ice will quickly melt. Bridges, ramps and overpasses will be the most prone areas for slick conditions.

Temperatures will struggle to reach 40 degrees on Friday despite sunshine across the Front Range. But sunshine and warmer, drier weather will return over the weekend, with temperatures into the 50s and 60s .

Another minor system will move into the area Monday night and Tuesday with a chance of snow in the mountains and the metro area.

The early Thanksgiving forecast appears to be dry for the Front Range with some light mountain snow possible.