Denver weather: 3 inches of snow fell overnight, more expected Tuesday

Several inches of snow fell overnight across the Denver metro area, and up to a couple more inches are expected Tuesday morning.

The snow began late Monday night as a storm system moved across Colorado, and forecasters at the National Weather Service in Boulder said the system behaved mostly as expected.

The snow fell at a rate of about one to two inches per hour in the heaviest bands. The northern foothills and Interstate 25 corridor saw the most consistent snowfall, forecasters said.

Of cities with reported totals so far, Boulder saw the most snowfall with 3.5 inches of accumulation by 5:23 a.m., while Arvada saw 2.6 inches of accumulation by 4:15 a.m. and Denver International Airport saw one inch by 5:27 a.m.

The overnight snow is also expected to cause some hazardous road conditions during Denver’s morning commute, and the city and several other cities and counties in the area are on crash alert.

The snow will continue into Tuesday morning and early afternoon but become more spotty as the area dries out. Up to two more inches of snow could fall in Denver before the system passes through.

The day will still be cold and windy, though, with a high of 24 degrees and wind gusts reaching 16 mph.

In the mountains, the breezy conditions will exacerbate the cold and could cause some blowing snow throughout the day.

Overnight Tuesday, the low is 10 degrees in Denver and below zero in the high country. Mountain valley cold spots could even see temperatures in the negative teens.

The frigid temperatures are still expected to be short-lived, as Wednesday is expected to be sunny with temperatures rising to the 30s across the area. Denver’s high is 39 degrees tomorrow.

Thursday will see more sunny weather and temperatures back up to a high of 54 degrees, and Friday will be 55 degrees with a 30% chance of rain in the morning.

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