Snow started overnight and will continue into Wednesday afternoon. 9NEWS Meteorological Team forecast 10 to 18 inches of snow in Denver.

The snow will continue to be heavy until around 3 p.m. There will be huge snow drifts due to the sustained winds.

So what you're wondering now is:

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

That's what this 9NEWS snow blog is for. Read through what the snowstorm will be like on Wednesday.





6:13 p.m.: Denver International Airport will resume flight operations at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Many airlines have canceled flights, so passengers should check to confirm the status of their flight.

5:59 p.m.: Hotels rooms are full at Interstate 70 and Tower Road. CDOT recommends travelers seek shelter in places closer to town if possible.

5:49 p.m.: Inbound Peña Boulevard has reopened to all traffic. The airport is urging travelers to use 'extreme caution' as some ramps are still closed due to icy conditions.

5:05 p.m.: Colorado Springs police say a crash with injuries at Harrier Ridge and Hancock Expy is blocking traffic and causing delays.

4:46 p.m.: CDOT says dozens of vehicles are stuck on Monument Hill, including a jackknifed semi. "Going to take while to clear," CDOT tweeted. "Hold on entering area if can. Call 911 if emergency."


4:44 p.m.: Aurora Police have deployed their MRAP and BEAR to rescue stranded drivers. See a video below:

VIDEO: We deployed our MRAP and BEAR to rescue stranded motorists from their vehicles in eastern Aurora.

Posted by Aurora Police Department on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

4:30 p.m.: DIA says shuttle service from terminal to Pikes Peak will resume at 4:30 p.m. at the usual location on Level 5, Island 3. United and Southwest airlines have canceled all remaining flights for Wednesday.

4:19 p.m.: Newsies opening night at the DCPA was canceled. Here's the news release:

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Disney Theatrical Productions announces that tonight’s performance of Disney’s NEWSIES is cancelled due to inclement weather. Currently, all future performances of NEWSIES will play as scheduled.Patrons who purchased a ticket to the Wednesday, March 23 performance through the primary ticketing services of will be contacted by a DCPA box office representative over the next few days to exchange patrons into future performances of NEWSIES or discuss alternative options or they can call 303.893.4100 starting at 10am tomorrow, Thursday, March 24. If a patron purchased through a secondary ticket outlet, they will need to contact that outlet directly for their ticketing policies.

4:18 p.m.: Interstate 70 has reopened from Denver to Utah, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Southbound I-25 reopened from US 34 to Highway 7. The northbound lanes remain closed.

4:03 p.m.: RTD says all Regional Mountain route service on N, EV, ES, EX, CV, CS, CX and Y has been restored. In addition, US 36 has reopened and the Flatiron Flyer, 228 and L bus services have been restored.
Service on the W Line between JeffCo and the Federal Center Station has been restored.

3:41 p.m.: Denver International Airport has reopened outbound Peña Boulevard to all traffic. Exits from Pena Boulevard to 40th Ave and 56th Ave remain blocked.

3:28 p.m.: The wind was slowing down in Parker, where snow remained steady. Parker Police tweeted officers have responded to 14 motor assists and two accidents.

Douglas County is asking drivers to stay home. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says 84 stranded motorists have called, asking to be rescued.

Glendale Police had probably the best summary of the conditions:

3:15 p.m.: US 385 closed in both directions from Idalia to Julesberg due to adverse conditions, per CDOT.

3:15 p.m.: Interstate 70 has REOPENED in both directions from Federal Boulevard to Pecos Street ater accident cleanup, per CDOT.

3:07 p.m.: Crews are clearing vehicles from Pena Boulevard so plows can clear the road. Weather and visibility remain poor. DIA remains closed. - @DENAirport

2:49 p.m.: Aurora Police say 50 drivers are stranded on Jewell Avenue in between Rome and Dunkirk. The MRAP is headed that way to help.

2:40 p.m. - Please stay off the roads, and let emergency crews respond safely. This fire truck is still in service, though.

Fire truck wreck (Thornton Fire Department)
Fire truck wreck (Thornton Fire Department)

2:23 p.m. - Aurora Police are deploying its MRAP to check on stranded drivers.

2:15 p.m. - Westbound Highway 36 has reopened between Louisville and Boulder. Eastbound should open soon.

2:09 p.m. - Castle Rock Fire has deployed a snowcat on Interstate 25 to rescue stranded motorists.

2:06 p.m. - Crews are out with 28 pieces of equipment plowing all primary and secondary routes in Westminster to maintain at least one lane.

2:05 p.m. - Highway 59 is closed from Yuma to Highway 138 because of adverse conditions. There is no estimated time of reopening.

2 p.m. - Visibility is close to zero traveling in Elbert County. Elbert County Fire Districts are advising people to stay off the roads until the storm moves out

1:58 p.m. - The Denver Zoo is closed for the rest of the day.

1:51 p.m. - All Regional Mountain, US 36 corridor and SkyRide services through RTD are suspended due to road closures. Light rail running on a reduced schedule.

1:48 p.m. - Poudre Valley REA reports at least 19,000 without power. All of their crews are out working, but the outages are likely to last through Thursday morning in some places.

1:44 p.m. - The ramp from Interstate 25 either direction to E-470 northbound is closed due to t jack-knifed semi truck at the bottom of the ramp.

1:41 p.m. - Snow is falling at a rate of three inches an hour, according to 9NEWS Meteorologist Becky Ditchfield.

1:37 p.m. - If you are stranded, run the engine for 10 minutes per hour to warm up the car. Make sure to clear your tailpipe. Law enforcement will be there as soon as possible, but most of their responses on Wednesday have been to stranded drivers. So just a reminder -- do not go out unless you have to.

1:34 p.m. - Denver city government office, Denver district and Denver County Courts closed at 1:30 p.m. due to inclement weather conditions.

1:29 p.m. - Monarch Pass is open.

1:19 p.m. - Interstate 76 is now closed due to blowing snow and adverse conditions. Highway 61 is also now closed from Otis to Sterling.

1:09 p.m. - Safety tip: Make sure trees are clear of utility lines before using a broom to remove snow from branches.

1:07 p.m. - Due to the poor and worsening road conditions, Aurora Police asked the public to stay off of the roadways unless absolutely necessary.

12:58 p.m. - All light rail lines, D, E, F, H and W are running delayed due to blizzard conditions. Light rail service between Federal Center Station and JeffCo on the W line is suspended until further notice.

12:55 p.m. - All Lincoln County roads are closed.

12:54 p.m. - Please stay of the roads, Broomfield Police said. First responders are spending most of their time assisting stranded motorists and there are no tow trucks available.

12:50 p.m. - US 50 Monarch Pass is closed in both directions because of adverse conditions. There is no estimated time of reopening.

12:48 p.m. - Parker Police officers are responding to assist a stuck ambulance at Stroh and Motsenbocker.

12:45 p.m. - Interstate 70 is closed in both directions from Lochbuie to the Nebraska state border due to adverse weather conditions. There is no estimated time of reopening.

12:41 p.m. - Castle Rock Fire and Douglas County are setting up a shelter for stranded motorists in Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

12:37 p.m. - Southbound Interstate 25 is closed going both directions from Plum Creek Parkway to Academy Boulevard North.

12:31 p.m. - White out conditions on Highway 6 west of Sterling.

12:29 p.m. - Denver International Airport has made the decision to close the airport until further notice. Weather and visibility are such that it is not safe for aircraft to arrive or depart at this time. Additionally, Pena Boulevard is currently impassable. Crews are working to clear Pena Boulevard and relieve some of the congestion but passengers should not plan on coming to the airport until further notice. For those passengers currently at the airport, we are asking you to stay put until conditions improve and Pena Boulevard is safe and passable. The airport will make announcements when Pena Boulevard is again safe for travel.

12:23 p.m. - Both directions of Interstate 70 are closed from Federal Boulevard to Pecos due to road conditions.

12:21 p.m. - If you were planning on traveling to Denver International Airport, DIA is asking passengers to not come to the airport until further notice. Passengers currently at the airport, however, should stay put until conditions improve and Pena Boulevard is safe and passable:

12:19 p.m. - Due to pending road closures, there are three shelters being set up in Jefferson County for stranded drivers: Walmarts at El Rancho as well as C-470 and Bowles Avenue and the King Soopers at Aspen Park.

12:15 p.m. - All of Denver now on accident alert.

12:13 p.m. - Interstate 25 is closed in both directions from Highway 7 to Highway 34 and from Wellington to Wyoming.

12:12 p.m. - Highway 52 is closed from Fort Morgan to Highway 14

12:10 p.m. - Eastbound US 36 is closed at McCaslin Boulevard because of accidents and adverse weather conditions.

12:05 p.m. - 86th Parkway is closed between Kipling and Alkire streets to remove stuck and abandoned cars. A snowplow will pass afterwards to reopen the roadway.

12:01 p.m. - Highway 36 is closed from Byers to Kansas.

Noon - The closure on Interstate 70 is now expanded to Silverthorne from Golden.

11:52 a.m. - Pena Boulevard is officially open, but the road is impassable according to Denver International Airport:

11:46 a.m. - Denver District 2 has been placed on accident alert. Motorists are advised to take their time and go slowly. District 2 includes neighborhoods like Mar Lee, Harvey Park, Bear Valley, Pinehurst, Bow Mar Heights, Glenbrook, and Grant Ranch.

11:43 a.m. - White out conditions on Highway 138 east of Sterling.

11:38 a.m. - Arvada Police urged residents to stay home except for essential travel needs.

11:36 a.m. - Eastbound Interstate 70 at Pena Boulevard is closed due to adverse road conditions.

11:32 a.m. - All light rail lines will be running on limited schedule until further notice due to inclement weather, including rush hour.

11:29 a.m. - Interstate 25 from Loveland to Wyoming is shut down. US 85 from Greeley to Wyoming is shut down as well.

11:25 a.m. - The ramp from E-470 to southbound Interstate 25 is closed due to multiple vehicles stuck in the snow.

11:16 a.m. - Interstate 70 is closed from Morrison to Idaho Springs.

11:15 a.m. - The current weather conditions are causing power outages all over the state, including Fort Collins where transmission lines are causing power interruptions and flickering lights.

11:10 a.m. - All lanes of Green Valley Ranch Boulevard shut down from Tower Road to Pena Boulevard due to adverse road conditions.

11:08 a.m. - Both directions of US 36 are closed at Foothills Highway due to icy conditions and crashes on Davidson Mesa.

11:02 a.m. - Due to road conditions, all TransFort bus routes in Fort Collins are ending at noon. Dial-A-Ride is also canceled. Call 970-221-6620 for more information

10:56 a.m. - In case you didn't notice, it's still snowing outside.

10:55 a.m. - Interstate 70 is closed going both directions between Airpark Road and Burlington because of adverse weather conditions.

10:52 a.m. - All lanes of southbound Central Park Boulevard are closed at 40th Avenue due to adverse road conditions.

10:49 a.m. - There are currently 118,000 Xcel Energy customers without power. Xcel provides power to 60 percent of the state.

10:46 a.m. - A power line is down at 16143 Barley Avenue in Ft. Lupton in Aristocrat Acres.

10:44 a.m. - Highway 14 is closed from Sterling to Ault.

10:40 a.m. - CO 86 is closed in both directions from Elizabeth to Interstate 70 due to adverse weather conditions.

10:36 a.m. - Denver International Airport is beginning to move out aircraft, and as capacity becomes available, the FAA will allow inbound flights.

10:27 a.m. - Interstate 70 is closed from Aurora to Kansas. Highway 40/287 is closed from Limon to Lamar. Highway 71 is closed from Limon to Last Chance.

10:25 a.m. - The eastbound ramp from Tower Road to eastbound Interstate 70 is now open.

10:23 a.m. - Snowplows in Elbert County are temporarily stopped due to visibility issues.

10:12 a.m. - The jack-knifed semi is still on eastbound Interstate 70 at Tower Road, but the road and ramps are back open to traffic.

10:08 a.m. - Highway 121 over U.S. 36 is closed in both directions.

9:58 a.m. - Due to the heavy snow, trees branches are breaking, some are even blocking roadways, across the Denver metro area.

9:53 a.m. - Extra Xcel Energy crews and support staff are responding to the multiple outages caused by the blizzard.

9:50 a.m. - There is a wreck Highway 285 in Park County near mile marker 199 causing significant back ups.

9:43 a.m. - All lanes of eastbound Interstate 270 are reopened.

9:41 a.m. - Due to adverse weather conditions, all City of Westminster facilities are closed.

9:38 a.m. - Power near Interstate 25 and Tejon has been restored. The specific cause is unknown at this time.

9:30 a.m. - Douglas County is on accident alert.

9:15 a.m. - All lanes of eastbound Interstate 270 are closed at Quebec Street due to adverse road conditions.

9 a.m. - Eastbound Interstate 70 ramp to southbound Interstate 225 is closed due to snowy conditions.

8:57 a.m. - According to Colorado State Patrol-Limon, conditions are getting worse from Aurora East to Kansas, with visibility as a huge part of the issue.

8:49 a.m. - Highway 119 in Boulder Canyon is closed at Nederland and the bottom west of Boulder due to treacherous driving conditions.

8:46 a.m. - City of Fountain is on accident alert.

8:40 a.m. - Highway 93 in Arvada is closed and traffic is being detoured east onto Leyden Road.

8:38 a.m. - Denver International Airport is on accident alert.

8:36 a.m. - All inbound flights to Denver International Airport are being held due to a power outage that was caused by the heavy snowfall Wednesday morning. Make sure to check your flight status:

8:23 a.m. - Numerous vehicles still getting stuck on Monument Hill. Colorado State and Colorado Department of Transportation are working to get them moving.

8:18 a.m. - The City and County of Broomfield officer are closed due to weather.

8:13 a.m. - The Colorado legislature is taking a snow day, so both chambers are closed due to weather.

8:10 a.m. - Arvada is on accident alert.

8:05 a.m. - All northbound lanes of Interstate 225 are blocked due to a jack-knifed semi-truck at I-225 and Interstate 70.

8 a.m. - Here's a view from northbound Interstate 25 near Happy Canyon, showing the icy and snow-packed conditions on the roads:

Snow-packed roads in Happy Canyon (CREDIT: Colorado State Patrol Castle Rock)
Snow-packed roads in Happy Canyon (CREDIT: Colorado State Patrol Castle Rock)

7:55 a.m. - A high wind warning is in effect from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Winds will be around 30 to 40 mph with gusts around 60 mph along the Interstate 25.

7:51 a.m. - All arriving flights are being held at the airport due to snow and power issues at Denver International Airport. Between the snow storm and ongoing power outages, Denver International Airport is expecting significant flight delays and cancellations Wednesday morning. Make sure to check your flight status:

7:43 a.m. - A downed power line at the Air Force Academy is leaving nearly 1,000 customers without power. It should be restored in a few hours.

7:41 a.m. - District 5 in Denver is on accident alert. District 5 is located in east central Denver and serves the neighborhoods of Bellevue-Hale, Crestmoor I & II, East Montclair, Hilltop, Lowry, Mayfair, Mayfair Park, Montclair, South Hilltop, South Park Hill, Windsor Gardens and Winston Downs.

7:32 a.m. - Colorado Springs is on accident alert.

7:28 a.m. - Blizzard conditions expected across the northeast plains on Wednesday.

7:23 a.m. - City of Aurora is on accident alert.

7:20 a.m. - Whiteout conditions north of Windsor. There are multiple wrecks on Highway 14 between Severance and Fort Collins.

7:11 a.m. - Tree down in the southbound lanes of traffic near Alameda and Virginia in Lakewood.

7:09 a.m. - A semi-truck is stuck on northbound Interstate 25 just south of Monument Hill, blocking the right lane.

7:01 a.m. - Teller County is on accident alert.

(CREDIT: National Weather Service)
(CREDIT: National Weather Service)

6:58 a.m. - Interstate 70 at C-470 is closed due to heavy snow and wrecks.

6:52 a.m. - It's a springtime blizzard!

6:47 a.m. - Colorado State Patrol is on accident alert in El Paso County.

6:42 a.m. - All 23 plows are out on main arterial streets in Fort Collins. Roads are snowy and slushy. High winds are causing reduced visibility.

6:40 a.m. - Heavy wet snow and gusty winds creating slick driving conditions on Hwy 285. The Colorado Department of Transportation closed US 287 at Ted's Place to Wyoming because of the adverse weather conditions.

6:34 a.m. - University of Colorado-Boulder campus closed on Wednesday due to hazardous winter weather conditions.

6:28 a.m. - What a difference a day makes:

6:26 a.m. - There are now 300 closures listed on Check the list here -

6:20 a.m. - Arapahoe and Douglas counties courts are closed Wednesday. University of Denver is also closed on Wednesday due to the blizzard.

6:19 a.m. - The Denver Zoo will delay their opening until 10 a.m. due to the weather.

6:17 a.m. - The Boulder Valley School District, which is on spring break this week, has closed its district offices for Wednesday due to severe weather conditions. Any extracurricular and evening activities scheduled in school buildings for March 23 are canceled as well.

6:13 a.m. - Denver Public Works snow plow crews are running their routes, addressing the city's main streets. Road conditions are slushy, and drivers are urged to go slowly on wet roads and give themselves plenty of stopping distance.

6:08 a.m. - Xcel Energy said there are more than 130 outages in the Denver metro area Wednesday morning, leaving at least 34,000 people without power.

6:01 a.m. - Blizzards getting more significant in the northern part of the state.

5:58 a.m. - The City of Boulder is on accident alert.

5:56 a.m. - 9NEWS Reporter Colleen Ferreira says if you plan on spending any time outside Wednesday morning, make sure to dress for rain and snow. The snow is so wet and the wind isn't helping conditions.

5:53 a.m. - The Blizzard Warning has been extended to 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

5:45 a.m. - JeffCo Public Schools are on spring break, but some enrichment programs and transportation services are closed due to the blizzard. Only essential personnel should report to work.

5:44 a.m. - It's so windy outside, 9NEWS Reporter Colleen Ferreira says it's rocking their live truck back and forth.

5:40 a.m. - Northbound Interstate 25 is closed near the Colorado/Wyoming border is closed due to adverse conditions and accidents in Wyoming.

5:39 a.m. - Now, Denver International Airport is reporting 243 flight cancellations on Wednesday. Make sure to check your flight status:

5:38 a.m. - The City and County of Broomfield is on accident alert.

5:32 a.m. - There are 225 flight cancellations so far at Denver International Airport. Make sure to check with the airline before you head to the airport. Make sure to check your flight status:

5:30 a.m. - The snow falling Wednesday morning is very wet and heavy, according to the National Weather Service.

5:27 a.m. - Standing water is transitioning to slush on the roads, which will be drivers' biggest threat besides visibility.

5:18 a.m. - Nearly 200 customers are impacted by a power outage in the Golden and Lakewood area. The cause of the outage is unknown at this time, but the estimated restoration is around 9 a.m.

5:14 a.m. - Many major school districts have closed for the day:

5:11 a.m. - Cherry Creek School Districts are closed for the day.

5:07 a.m. - Denver Public Schools are closed for the day.

4:47 a.m. - The City of Thornton was put on accident alert, due to the snowy conditions.

What to do on an accident alert
What to do on an accident alert

4:39 a.m. - St. Vrain Valley Schools are closed on Wednesday.

4 a.m. - Blizzard Warning starts from Longmont/Denver/Castle Rock to the east.

2 a.m. - Snow starts in the Denver metro area.