KUSA - Winter weather will affect most of Colorado through Thursday mid-morning. Several inches of new snow will make the drive to work and school challenging Thursday morning.
In the Denver metro area, general snow accumulation from late Wednesday night until around noon Thursday will be in the3- to 7-inch range - with the heavier amounts on the eastern and southern portions of town.
Works crews are closely monitoring road conditions and fully deployed when snow began to accumulate on Denver's main roads.
It is important to remember that Denver requires property owners to clear their walkways so that everyone has safe access throughout the city. Homeowners must shovel sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after the snow stops falling; businesses have four hours after the end of snowfall to remove snow. Residents can sign up to be a "Snow Buddy" and volunteer to help an elderly neighbor shovel their walks. More information on the Snow Buddy program is available here: http://bit.ly/TDklEU.
The 9NEWS Weather Team will continue to update the forecast, so the expected accumulation amount may change before the storm ends Thursday around 10 a.m.
In the foothills, a total of 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected, with 2 to 4 inches for Fort Collins, Greeleyand Loveland.
Heavier snow will fall in eastern Douglas and Elbert counties where 5 to 10 inches of snow is expected along with very strong, blinding northerly winds.
National Weather Service forecaster Jim Kalina said Thursday up to 10 inches of snow has fallen from Colorado Springs south to the Colorado border, with most of the state getting around 1 to 4 inches. As many as 100 cars were forced to turn around after they got stuck on roadways in Colorado Springs due to icy conditions Wednesday night.
Farther east on the plains 6 to 12 inches of new snow is forecast through Thursday afternoon with travel problems anticipated on Interstate 70 and Interstate 76.
High Country snow will be heaviest along and south of Interstate 70 and South Park where accumulations could reach from 5 to 10 inches through Thursday. This will includeGrand County, Summit County and the Vail areas.Light snow is possible again Saturday night into Sunday for Denver.
Denver has only had a trace of snow so far in February against an average of 7.5 inches for February.
Denver International Airport prepared well for the snowstorm. Snow removal crews plowed and treated Pena Boulevard, roadways and the airfield as the snow fell. DIA has more than 250 pieces of snow removal equipment and approximately 500 trained snow removal personnel.
If you are traveling Wednesday night or Thursday morning, make sure to check your flight status before heading out to the airport on www.flydenver.com.
The Colorado Department of Transportation dispatched hundreds of snow plows across the state, but the only major closure was on Interstate-70 westbound near Wolcott because of an accident.
Kalina says the storm tracked farther south than expected, hitting Arizona and New Mexico.
"It definitely wasn't as heavy as we expected in some areas," Kalina said.