Thanksgiving storm to bring snow, cold to metro area

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DENVER -- The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, cold and slick roads. Be ready for wintry weather conditions during travels around metro Denver on Thanksgiving. Snowy, icy conditions will exist throughout Colorado by Thanksgiving.

Cold air arrived in Colorado at midday Wednesday and temperatures will continue to tumble through Thanksgiving.  Light snow will develop across the area as we head later into Wednesday night.

There could be some patchy freezing drizzle for a short time before it changes to all snow.  We are expecting light snow to last through the holiday with a slightly better chance for steady snow late in the day Thursday.  Snow totals on Thanksgiving will range from 1-3″ in metro Denver. 

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The snow combined with temps in the 20s will cause icy roads, so plan extra time if you have to travel.  The light snow will last through the first part of Friday and we will add another couple of inches of accumulation bringing totals between 2-6″ up and down the Front Range.

It will be even colder on Friday with single digit temps early and highs only in the teens.  Your weekend stays chilly with readings in the 20s & 30s along with a snow shower or two possible both Saturday and Sunday.  If you are going to the Sunday night Broncos-Patriots game it WILL be cold … dress warm!

Denver Public Works crews were ready and on duty to respond to the changing weather conditions with deicing materials once the storm arrives.

Denver International Airport said it is expecting up to 3 inches of snow overnight and into Thursday and possibly Friday. The snow is expected to fall slowly but steadily and may include freezing rain conditions. On Thursday, the Thanksgiving holiday, DIA is expecting to see well below average passenger traffic with fewer flights than normal. The airlines have not reported any weather-related cancellations.

Travel Tips for Passengers

  • Travelers should check their flight status before leaving for the airport with their airline or on the airport's website.
  • Motorists should drive with caution and allow extra time when heading to the airport.
  • A good rule of thumb is to be inside the airport two hours prior to flight departure time. This should allow for plenty of time to navigate flight check-in, security lines and travel to the gate.
  • Garages often become full during inclement weather. Passengers can guarantee a reserved parking spaces in the garages by visiting DIAreservedparking.com and check parking availability at the DIA website.
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