DENVER — A new winter storm was forecast to bring snow to metro Denver and the Urban Corridor Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Its arrival was expected to coincide with a cold front after the weather turned sunny and milder Tuesday.
“Sunshine Tuesday will help warm our temperatures up to near 40 in metro Denver,” says meteorologist Jennifer Broome.
“The next snowstorm arrives Wednesday night and continues into Thursday morning,” meteorologist Chris Tomer says. “Snowfall appears likely. I think 4-5 inches in Denver and across I-25 is not out of the question.”
The National Weather Service says a brisk upslope flow east of the mountains could produce periods of moderate snowfall in the Front Range Foothills and up and down I-25. Heavier snow is expected south and west of metro Denver.
Snow was still falling earlier Tuesday in southeastern Colorado where some places received 15″ of snow. The storm brought blizzard conditions to that part of the state and there were reports of wind creating drifts 10 feet high.
Interstate 25 was closed Tuesday morning from Pueblo to the New Mexico border. Many other highways throughout southeastern Colorado were also shut down. I-25 reopened by midday. Other highways were slower to open to traffic again.
The Blizzard Warning was canceled in Colorado, but it continued in Kansas and Oklahoma. Travel in the region was not advised Tuesday.
Roads turned treacherous along Colorado’s eastern plains Monday as the storm moved through the region.
Countless accidents involving passenger vehicles and semis were reported along Interstate 70 between E-470 and the Kansas state line where drivers encountered blowing snow and ice.
A Department of Corrections van carrying nine inmates from Burlington to Limon rolled over on I-70 near Genoa. A guard and a prisoner were killed.
Monday’s storm brought 1-3 inches of snow to the metro area.