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A storm that
seemed slow to arrive Monday hit the Denver metro with force overnight, dropping as much as 14 inches in some areas.
"It took a little longer than anticipated, but it eventually did make its way into the Denver metro area," National Weather Service meteorologist Kari Bowen said.
As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, the snowstorm was expected to taper off mid-morning, bringing a possible additional inch of snow.
The worst hours for the storm were between 8 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. Monday, Bowen said, hitting the mountains and higher foothills hardest.
The Tuesday morning commute may be complicated by snowpacked, slick roads. Many schools announced closures for the day.
"If you do have to go to work today, take it slow," Bowen said.
Adverse weather and treacherous conditions forced the closure of I-70 from just east of Denver, at Airpark Road, to the Kansas border Monday night.
Denver International Airport reported 9 inches of snow to the National Weather Service, and as of about 5 a.m. 125 flights had been canceled for Tuesday.
"We're expecting a little bit of light snow into the morning," Bowen said.
The storm will taper off and then move out of the Denver metro by mid-morning, she said.
The high Tuesday in Denver is expected to reach the mid-20s before dropping into single digits overnight.
Snowfall amounts varied around the state. Crested Butte received 7 inches of new snow and Wolf Creek got 25.
Thirteen inches of snow fell in Westminster and Boulder and 11 ½ inches fell in Fort Collins. Colorado Springs got about 12 inches with up to 16 inches in northern El Paso County around the Palmer Divide, the Gazette reports.
Wednesday's commute could be icy, she said.
Temperatures are expected to gradually climb through the week as the clouds clear out. The high is expected to be 29 Wednesday and 34 Thursday and Friday.