Lingering storm makes for tough Monday commute

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DENVER -- A powerful winter storm brought heavy snow to metro Denver, the Front Range and Mountains during the weekend.

Snow continued to fall late Sunday and most places received 1-2 inches on top of what they already had on the ground Sunday afternoon.

In all, 18 inches were reported in the foothills west of metro Denver. Downtown Denver reported 8.5 inches and Denver International Airport had 10.5 inches.

Dozens of churches and other organizations closed Sunday, including the Denver Zoo. Dozens of school delays and closures began to pile up for Monday.

At Denver International Airport, 63 departures were canceled and 67 arrivals were canceled as of midday Sunday. There were a handful of cancellations Monday morning and airlines were deicing planes. Be sure and check your flight status before going to the airport.

Roads around the region were snow-packed and icy. Travel was difficult and slow. Traffic began to pile up Monday morning on the icy and snow-packed roads, with commute times about double.

Denver Public Schools warned on its website that some buses could experience delays on their routes picking up student Monday morning of 30-45 minutes depending on road and traffic conditions. Several schools were on delayed starts.

Bitter cold temperatures accompanied the storm. Highs were not expected to get out of the teens Sunday and wind chills could drop below zero. Lows could drop into single digits.

The snowfall was expected to diminish by midnight, but light flurries were not out of the question Monday morning.

Temperatures were forecast to stay cold into Tuesday.

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