DENVER -- A slow-moving, powerful spring snowstorm continued to impact Denver and the Front Range after already dropping heavy amounts of rain and snow, and causing traffic closures and backups on Interstate 70.
The storm was expected to linger with snow in the high country until Saturday night and a rain-snow mix in metro Denver overnight Friday into Saturday.
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Denver set a record for April 16 with 1.22 inches of precipitation recorded at Denver International Airport, including 4.1 inches of snow.
The bad weather prompted Jefferson County schools in the mountains to close Friday and some Douglas County schools closed while others were on a 90-minute delay.
Interstate 70 between Morrison and Idaho Springs was closed in both directions because of numerous accidents and treacherous driving conditions. It was briefly reopened but more accidents prompted the Colorado Department of Transportation to close it again and it's not expected to reopen until midafternoon at the earliest.
At Denver International Airport, flights were delayed, canceled and diverted because of fog and adverse weather.
Winter storm warnings are still in effect for the foothills and mountains until Saturday morning.
On Saturday, another wave of rain and snow will move in along the Front Range and foothills in the morning up until noon. Expect a high in the low to mid-50s.
On Sunday, there’s a 20 percent chance of a rain shower but the storm should be clearing out, leaving partly cloudy skies with sunny skies returning Sunday and temperatures in the cool upper 40s and low 50s.