Forecasters say the Denver area will get another inch or two of snow Tuesday before a heavy storm that pounded the city moves out.

David Barjenbruch, a meteorologist with

the National Weather Service in Boulder, says by noon the system should begin to taper off.

"We're still accumulating snow, but there is light at the end of the tunnel," he said.

The storm seemed slow to arrive before hitting the metro with force overnight, dropping as much as 14 inches in some areas.

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Denver Public Works deployed its fleet of residential plows Tuesday morning to help keep residential streets passable. The residential snowplow drivers will make a single pass down each of Denver's residential streets, shaving off the top few inches of snowpack to make the roadways more drivable and prevent rutting, according to a news release.

Meanwhile, Denver's fleet of big snowplows will continue to run their routes, plowing and dropping de-icing materials on Denver's main streets, or most streets with stripes.

The worst hours for the storm were between 8 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. Monday, with the storm hitting the mountains and higher foothills hardest.

The Tuesday morning commute was complicated by snowpacked, slick roads. Many schools announced closures for the day.

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.

Cars slowly make it down the street in Denver. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Denver International Airport reported 10 inches of snow to the National Weather Service, and as of about 8 a.m. 126 flights had been canceled for Tuesday.

"We're in full-de-icing mode so expect delays of 20 minutes for that," said Heath Montgomery, DIA spokesman.

He added that flights could be delayed a total of one hour because of blowing snow. Some 200 people are working to clear the airport's runways and tarmacs.

"Peña Boulevard is in pretty good shape this morning but there are patchy areas of ice so please be careful going to the airport," Montgomery said.

The high Tuesday in Denver is expected to reach the mid-20s before dropping into single digits overnight.

Snow continues to fall as Rob Smith clears his driveway outside his home in Lakewood, Feb. 2, 2016.
Snow continues to fall as Rob Smith clears his driveway outside his home in Lakewood, Feb. 2, 2016. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

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.

Temperatures are expected to gradually climb through the week as the storm clouds clear out. The high is expected to be 29 on Wednesday and 34 on Thursday and Friday.

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