#9WX BLOG: Snowstorm creates difficult travel

The roads are awful due to blowing snow. 9NEWS at 6 a.m. 12/15/2015.

KUSA - It started snowing late Monday evening and continued into Tuesday evening, but you already noticed that.

So what you're wondering now is:

  • How much did it snow?
  • How did that snowfall affect the roads in your area?

That's what this 9NEWS snow blog was for. Read through what the snowstorm was like Tuesday.

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7:42 p.m.- Over 500 flights cancellations have been reported at DIA so far. Delays are at about 3.5 hours: http://on9news.tv/1Qo2Qeq

5:44 p.m.- CU-Boulder cancelled final exams today, and while some rejoiced, others were frustrated: http://on9news.tv/1NoqZ0t

4:53 p.m.- Updated snowfall totals: http://bit.ly/1T0tbwN

4:23 p.m.- 9NEWS photographer Adam Vance captured how travelers at DIA are reacting to long flight delays: http://bit.ly/1QKMNpm

4 p.m.- 9NEWS reporter Victoria Sanchez took some photos of sledders at Ruby Hill Park: http://bit.ly/1P5Tfp8

3:45 p.m.- Highway 40 at Berthoud Pass has reopened after avalanche reduction: http://bit.ly/1m5kGpg

3:42 p.m. The Shops at Northfield Stapleton will close at 6 p.m. to allow their employees time to get home safely.

3:15 p.m.- Highway 40 at Berthoud Pass remains closed for avalanche work: http://bit.ly/1P65uny

2:57 p.m.- Denver International Airport has cancelled approximately 425 flights and the FAA estimates delays averaging about four hours. 7 inches of snow has fallen at the airport so far.

2:51 p.m.- Denver Public Works gears up snow plows for residential streets: http://bit.ly/1OuDh57

2:31 p.m.- The Winter Storm Warning has been canceled for Denver. The snow is winding down finally.

2:11 p.m. - According to Denver International Airport, 350 flights are now canceled. The average flight delay remains about 3 hours and 10 minutes.

2:08 p.m. - The Denver snow plows weren't enough. They called for reinforcements: http://on9news.tv/1OuwCrE.

2:01 p.m. - Snow has slowed in Fort Collins, but the roads are slick. Drivers should avoid sudden gas or breaks and should stay alert in areas where others may slide or skid.

1:47 p.m. - The 9NEWS Snow Angels are out and about, helping people clear their driveways and helping others push their cars out of the snow: http://bit.ly/1No41Xw.

1:18 p.m. - A wreck closes Vail Pass: http://bit.ly/1QKmYWC.

12:47 p.m. - Here are some snow totals from around the state: http://bit.ly/1T03IDz

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12:36 p.m. - Denver shattered the snowfall record for Dec. 15: http://on9news.tv/1QmQhjv

12:28 p.m. - Colorado Department of Transportation snow plow crews are still running their routes on Denver's main streets or most streets w/stripes. Drivers take it slow!

12:12 p.m. - To say ski resorts are pumped about the powder day on their mountains would be an understatement.

12 p.m. - Flight delays are just some of the issues at Denver International Airport: http://bit.ly/1SZTeEo.

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Kerry Leary on Twitter

11:49 a.m. - 9NEWS Meteorologist Kathy Sabine gloated a bit this morning over 9NEWS Anchor Kyle Clark: http://bit.ly/1O7hOoA.

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Kathy Sabine on Twitter

11:39 a.m. - The snow chewed up the morning commute, but in Frisco, snow plows are finally making a dent in the snow, according to 9NEWS Mountain Newsroom Reporter Matt Renoux.

11:30 a.m.- Boulder Canyon 119 reopened after a snowplow wreck was cleared.

11:27 a.m. - The snow plows are leading traffic on C-470, according to 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas.

11:13 a.m. - Larimer County is currently on accident alert. Slow down, increase following distances and buckle up.

11 a.m. - A crash is slowing down northbound Interstate-25 at Monument Hill .

10:45 a.m. - DIA says there are now approximately 300 flights canceled and delays remain around three hours.

10:34 a.m. - 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas said it looks like there is an 18-wheeler stuck on the southbound Interstate 25 onramp from Arapahoe Boulevard, causing a traffic backup.

10:16 a.m. - More snowfall totals: http://bit.ly/1P59q64.

Twitter | @thewxwoman

Danielle Grant on Twitter

10:10 a.m. - We can't make this up: the Colorado State Patrol is implementing what they call the Snow Tortoise for southbound Interstate-25. This is where they purposefully slow traffic down to save drivers from themselves: http://on9news.tv/1J9ENIf.

10:03 a.m. - Denver International Airport now has 270 cancellations and arriving flights are delayed about three hours. Pena Boulevard is open but there are winter driving conditions.

9:54 a.m. - The ramp from southbound Interstate 25 to Speer Boulevard is back open after the stalled semi-truck was removed.

9:53 a.m. - The latest snow reports: http://bit.ly/1Nnr0Si.

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Danielle Grant on Twitter

9:47 a.m. - Interstate 225 is snow-packed beyond recognition, 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas said.

9:44 a.m. - 9NEWS Investigator Jeremy Jojola is going around, shoveling people's paths. He just finished his first one: http://bit.ly/1OtYz2Y.

9:36 a.m. - 9NEWS Mountain Newsroom Reporter Matt Renoux said the snow is tapering off in the high country.

9:32 a.m. - A Summit County Sheriff's deputy was sideswiped by a semi-truck in Frisco Tuesday morning. Luckily, there were no injuries, but it's slick out there!

9:30 a.m. - The Denver Police Department's Homeless Outreach Operation was out in full force this snowy Tuesday morning: http://bit.ly/1UusIUJ.

9:24 a.m. - The view in northern Colorado hasn't changed in three hours, according to 9NEWS Reporter Nick McGill. Interstate 25 roadways are still covered in snow.

9:20 a.m. - Westbound Interstate 70 is closed at Limon due to numerous wrecks involving semi-trucks. There is no estimated time for reopening.

9:19 a.m. - 9NEWS Producer Will Swope saw snow coating most parking lots around Denver: http://on9news.tv/1I6KoEd.

9:14 a.m. - Front Range snow totals so far: http://bit.ly/1P5684X.

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WeatherNation on Twitter

9:10 a.m. - USA Today Reporter Trevor Hughes is live on Periscope, showing everyone what it's like up at Keystone Resort: http://bit.ly/224setj.

9:08 a.m. - 9NEWS Editor Mark Peterson caught these super hungry birds diving into a bird feeder during the snowstorm: http://on9news.tv/1lM8dYg.

9:05 a.m. - RTD is still experiencing about 20- to 30-minute delays due to the snowstorm on Tuesday.

9 a.m. - Interstate 225 is a mess, according to 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas, so check with your airline before heading to Denver International Airport.

8:54 a.m. - 9NEWS Reporter Colleen Ferreira says if you don't have four-wheel drive, you're going to have a tough time driving today due to lots of snow buildup in intersections, parking lots and ramps.

8:50 a.m. - Wind and snow are icing up roads in the high country. Breckenridge Police Department says there are numerous wrecks.

8:42 a.m. - Final exams scheduled to be taken on CU-Boulder's campus at 10:30 a.m. are now postponed. Online finals will proceed as scheduled, however.

8:35 a.m. - Snow resorts are rejoicing with all this snowfall: http://bit.ly/1k0amxB.

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Winter Park Resort on Twitter

8:27 a.m. - A jackknifed semi-truck is causing issues on northbound Interstate 25 at milepost 165. Slow down in the area!

8:22 a.m. - Lakewood is on accident alert so file a report later if you get into a wreck.

8:17 a.m. - Denver International Airport says they already have five inches of snow at the airport. Snow is expected to continue through 1 p.m. with an additional 3 to 5 inches and the possibility of gusty winds and reduced visibility. So far, the airlines have canceled about 230 flights and are experiencing 105-minute delays. Pena Boulevard is back open, but motorists should still expect winter conditions.

8:10 a.m. - 9NEWS Investigator Jeremy Jojola held a Facebook Mentions regarding the snow in his area: http://on.fb.me/1O6XcwY.

8:06 a.m. - I think we've found winter, despite it not officially being winter yet: http://bit.ly/1IS2g5S.

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WeatherNation on Twitter

8:02 a.m. - Westbound Interstate 70 is shut down due to wrecks at mile marker 347 (about one mile west of the Cedar Point/CR 134 exit)

7:58 a.m. - More than 397,000 kids have a snow day in Colorado. See the latest closings and delays here: http://www.9news.com/closings/.

7:48 a.m. - An RTD bus got stuck on an icy hill on Cherry at Leetsdale Drive, according to Glendale Police.

7:43 a.m. - Interstate 70 is snow packed with about 5 inches of snow in Summit County, and it's still coming down, according to 9NEWS Mountain Newsroom Reporter Matt Renoux.

7:35 a.m. - The southbound Interstate 25 ramp from University Boulevard is closed due to a stalled semi-truck and a stalled bus.

7:32 a.m. - Cars are getting stuck on the US 36 onramp from Sheridan Boulevard in Westminster, 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas said.

7:34 a.m. - Northbound Peoria Street is closed at 33rd Avenue. Steer clear!

7:28 a.m. - 9NEWS passed the 500-closure mark on 9NEWS.com. See the latest closings and delays here: http://www.9news.com/closings/.

7:23 a.m. - The snowstorm is peaking right now, according to 9NEWS Meteorologist Danielle Grant: http://bit.ly/1YdbS2n.

Twitter | @thewxwoman

Danielle Grant on Twitter

7:19 a.m.- Wind is now a big problem in northern Colorado with lots of fresh powder being kicked up.

7:10 a.m. - Loveland Ski Area is excited for a powder day (as are all ski resorts from this snowstorm).

7:05 a.m. - Boulder Canyon will continue to be closed for two hours due to wreck cleanup.

7 a.m. - The ramp from northbound Interstate 225 to westbound Interstate 70 is closed due to multiple wrecks.

6:50 a.m. - Northern Colorado is getting hit hard by this storm: http://bit.ly/1OtEZUp

6:45 a.m. - Littleton city officers, Bemis Library, Littleton Museum and the Littleton Municipal Courthouse will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Non-essential staff will report to work at 10 a.m.

6:38 a.m.- The ramp from southbound Interstate 25 to Speer Boulevard is closed because of a stuck semi-truck. There is no estimated time of reopening.

6:30 a.m. - 9NEWS just passed the 400-mark for closings on Tuesday morning. See the latest closings and delays here: http://www.9news.com/closings/.

6:25 a.m. - According to RTD, the D line is experiencing 30-minute delays to and from 30th and Downing due to a malfunctioning switch at 19th and California.

6:20 a.m. - Latest snowfall totals: http://bit.ly/1NR7IGH

Twitter | @thewxwoman

Danielle Grant on Twitter

6:19 a.m. - University of Colorado-Boulder's campus will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday due to the snowstorm: http://bit.ly/1Qlw6CC. The 7:30 a.m. finals are postponed and the 10:30 a.m. finals are on as scheduled.

6:17 a.m. - Pena Boulevard is back open after Denver International Airport crews cleared the road of snow.

6:13 a.m. - All Boulder County government offices will be closed on Tuesday due to the winter storm.

6:10 a.m. - Denver Public Works deployed its fleet of heavy snow plows overnight when snow began to accumulate on the city's main streets or most streets with stripes. Plow drivers will remain on duty throughout the day Tuesday, clearing snow from the streets and dropping deicing materials.

6:06 a.m. - 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas spotted a spin out on southbound Interstate 25 at Sixth Avenue: http://bit.ly/1QJi5x4.

6 a.m. - RTD said to expect delays on buses and light rail due to snow-packed and hazardous road conditions.

5:55 a.m. - 9NEWS Meteorologist Danielle Grant says the blowing snow will continue for a while: http://bit.ly/1YcWW4f.

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Danielle Grant on Twitter

5:50 a.m. - US 6 Loveland Pass is closed due to adverse weather conditions.

5:47 a.m. - All Boulder Valley Schools and offices are closed Tuesday due to weather. Schools are expected to resume on their regular schedules on Wednesday. See the latest closings and delays here: http://www.9news.com/closings/.

5:40 a.m. - Pena Boulevard is closed briefly going both directions from Interstate 70 to 40th Avenue for snow-removal operations. Drivers should expect delays.

5:35 a.m. - 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas said Interstate 25 is a snow-packed mess: http://bit.ly/1TN0bZm.

5:30 a.m. - A Colorado Department of Transportation snow plow got into a wreck Tuesday morning on Boulder Canyon. That area will be shut down for an extended period while the wreck is cleared. The driver was not injured.

5:28 a.m. - Aurora Public Schools is closed on Tuesday due to weather. See the latest closings and delays here: http://www.9news.com/closings/.

5:21 a.m. - Denver Public Schools are closed on Tuesday due to inclement weather. See the latest closings and delays here: http://www.9news.com/closings/.

5:18 a.m. - The peak snowfall will happen between 7 and 8 a.m., according to 9NEWS Meteorologist Danielle Grant.

5:09 a.m. - Douglas County School District will be closed on Tuesday due to weather conditions. See the latest closings and delays here: http://www.9news.com/closings/.

5:08 a.m. - Those are some snowy cars at the headquarters for Weather Nation in Denver: http://bit.ly/1jZR8YQ.

Twitter | @wxjoea

Joe Astolfi on Twitter

5:02 a.m. - Littleton Public Schools, Sheridan Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools, Englewood Public Schools and Adams 12 School District are closed for the day due to the weather. Lakewood Public Schools is on a two-hour delay. See the latest closings and delays here: http://www.9news.com/closings/.

4:54 a.m.- Colorado Department of Transportation snow plows have a lot of work ahead of them, says 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas as she spotted some on southbound Interstate 25 near Orchard: http://bit.ly/1O2mYMt.

4:50 a.m. - According to Heath Montgomery, there are 130 canceled flights at Denver International Airport. Snow crews have been out all night tackling airfield surfaces. They are in full deicing mode and are experiencing blowing, snowy conditions and limited visibility on the air field. Passengers should check their flight status on http://www.flydenver.com/ or with their independent airline carrier.

4:41 a.m. - 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas is riding along with 9NEWS Photojournalist Matt Bell near the Wash Park area: http://bit.ly/1QJ907b. She also finally spotted some snow plows on Interstate 25: http://bit.ly/1TMTzu9.

Twitter | @tarhondathomas

TaRhonda Thomas on Twitter

4:39 a.m. - All District 11 schools will be on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, according to Colorado Springs Police. There will be no AM preschool, and buses will pick up two hours later than scheduled. See the latest closings and delays here: http://www.9news.com/closings/.

4:29 a.m. - 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas says there's heavy, blowing snow in the Denver area, making driving conditions very difficult.

4:20 a.m. - 9NEWS Digital Producer Blair Shiff went to the 9NEWS Backyard and caught some fat flakes falling right before the 4:30 a.m. newscast began: http://on9news.tv/1Rm0bSC.

4:16 a.m. - 9NEWS Reporter Colleen Ferreira is riding along with 9NEWS Photojournalist Scott Wright to check the road conditions for you. Follow her reports here: http://bit.ly/1TMRXR9.

3:57 a.m. - Heavy snow is falling over parts of the Denver metro area with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour being reported, according to the National Weather Service.

3:44 a.m. - 9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas saw a man spin out on Logan Street and Colorado Boulevard and nearly miss a fire hydrant. Be careful out there!

3:30 a.m. - The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding people that the Colorado chain law is in effect.What does that mean? Here's a breakdown so you don't get fined: http://on9news.tv/1P3fADK.

2:20 a.m. - Snow was swirling in Cheryl Preheim's yard this morning in Castle Rock: http://on9news.tv/1NuBfSK.

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