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LIVE RADAR: Heavy snow continues to fall across Colorado

The timing of Tuesday's snow will make for a messy afternoon commute in the Denver metro area.

DENVER — Snow is causing big disruptions to the commute on Tuesday across the Denver metro area.

While snowfall totals won't be particularly impressive on Tuesday – 9NEWS' current forecast is for 2-5 inches of snow for most of the Denver area – the worst of the snow began falling during the heart of the morning commute.

That is causing more impacts than usual for a snowfall of that forecast range. Because the worst of the snow is expected between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, it'll make that commute especially problematic.

The snow first began before dawn on Tuesday developing from north-to-south along the urban I-25 corridor.

By 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning, most of the Denver area was seeing accumulating snowfall. That quickly turned the roads slick and snow-covered, and once again, leading to most roadways being covered in snow during the start of the morning commute. 

A secondary cold front began pushing through around 7:30 a.m., creating a band of very heavy snowfall. While it won't last all that long, that band is directly coinciding with the morning commute. 

The heaviest snow will continue to fall across the Denver area until around 10 a.m., and most accumulating snow should stop between noon and 2 p.m.

The snow wraps up between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., again from north-to-south. 

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, covering all of northeastern Colorado (including Denver).

Most of the Denver area is likely looking at 2-5 inches of snow, with higher amounts in the foothills west and south of the city. Totals in the metro area will be slightly higher (closer to 4 or 5 inches) west of I-25, while areas east of the interstate may end up with closer to 3 or 4 inches. 

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While the snow is making the Tuesday morning commute a real mess, it'll help make up Denver's huge season-to-date snowfall gap. Denver's only officially seen 10.4 inches of snow so far this season – which is more than a foot below average. Tuesday's storm should help put a dent into that gap. 

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