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Winter storm warning issued, heavy snow and arctic temperatures move in

DENVER -- A winter storm warning for Denver and the Front Range was in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday for a snowstorm that moved into the state on Wednesday.

Snow will continue across Denver and across the region. Anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow are expected overnight across metro Denver.

The lower totals will be east of the city with the high amounts west of Interstate 25. The foothills could see as much as 10 inches overnight.

Snow will continue early Thursday before slowly ending from north to south around the lunch hour.  An additional 1-3 inches of accumulation will be possible especially from Denver south.

Storm totals will range from 4-10 inches for the Front Range and Denver with less amounts east and higher amounts west.

Temperatures will dip into the single digits both above and below zero overnight.  Highs will struggle in the single digits on Thursday.  Roads will be icy and slick, and plenty of extra time for the morning drive should be allowed.

Sunshine returns Friday, then it will be quiet through Monday.  Temperatures will reach the 20s on Friday, 30s on Saturday, and the 40s and 50s on Sunday and into next week.

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Winds will also kick up to 20 mph, causing visibility to be reduced to less than one-quarter mile.

Snow intensified in the mountains Wednesday, with 1-2 feet expected by noon Thursday.

Travel was hazardous along the Interstate 70 corridor in the mountains and across the metro area during the storm.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said it will spray roads with anti-icing brine of rock salt and water cut with a corn-derived sugar. It said the treatment will reduce corrosion by 70 percent compared to using just salt.

CDOT will spray Interstates 25, 70 and 225, C-470, U.S. 6, and Highways 83 and 88 ahead of the storm. The anti-icing product will also be used on I-70 and Highway 285 in the high country.

Frontier Airlines canceled nearly two dozen flights in and out of Denver International Airport ahead of the storm. Other airlines did the same.

As the storm moves out, temperatures will sink, with highs in the single digits on Thursday, and well below zero in the afternoon and early Friday morning.

The anticipated storm led to the National Western Stock Show to cancel Thursday's annual Stock Show Parade down 17th Street in Denver because of the risk of injury to people and animals. It will not be rescheduled.

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