Get live Colorado weather updates as a snowstorm sweeps into the Denver metro area on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
4:17 p.m.: The Arapahoe County Road and Bridge Division has closed Cherry Creek Dam Road because of weather conditions, According to a message from Cherry Creek School District.
4:12 p.m.: Mark Montoya lugged his groceries down Zuni Street in Sunnyside on Wednesday afternoon, bracing himself against the whipping wind.
“Is this April or what?” Montoya said, looking around at the snow-covered lawns.
He was hustling to make it back home to walk his dog before the storm intensifies.
“I’ve already put away my shovel for the year,” Montoya said. “I’m just going to let the snow melt.”
Down the block, postal worker Barb Matthews dropped mail off at a coffee shop, walking briskly back to her to van for the next round of deliveries.
“I’m kind of tired of this weather,” she said. “It slows us down.”
But the mail must go on. Matthews pointed to a duffel bag full of gear in the trunk of her USPS truck — gloves, hats, snow cleats and extra layers for when the weather gets really rough.
“I know better than to believe the snow’s done by April,” she said. “But it’d be nice if it were summer.”
— Sam Tabachnik
3:56 p.m.: The Colorado State Patrol says Interstate 76 is closed from Lochbuie to the Nebraska state line due to extreme weather conditions. “Reopening is up to Mother Nature,” the state patrol tweeted.
— CSP Sterling (@CSP_Sterling) April 10, 2019
3:08 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Boulder said the Colorado Climate Center is the source for bomb cyclone determination. And here’s what the climate center is saying about how to classify the storm:
— ColoClimateCenter (@ColoradoClimate) April 10, 2019
2:56 p.m.: Snow is picking up in downtown Denver.
Snow really starting to come down in Cap Hill. Way more snow than appears in video. Makes it hard to see down the block. pic.twitter.com/6qgkYoE14x
— Elise Schmelzer (@EliseSchmelzer) April 10, 2019
2:49 p.m.: The Loveland Police Department placed the city on an accident alert.
LPD is on Accident Alert. If crash doesn't involve alcohol, nobody is injured, and the cars can be moved, just exchange information and report online (https://t.co/cdr3dNuSCd) or during regular business hours at the front desk of the police department.
— Loveland Police (@LPDtweets) April 10, 2019
2:43 p.m.: During the March bomb cyclone, hundreds of motorists were stranded on interstates during the storm. This time, CDOT has staged crews at key points on the interstates, such as Monument Hill on I-25, and will be more proactive about closing the interstates and major highways, Lester said.
One lesson learned in March was to close treacherous stretches faster, and Lester said he is prepared to do so. He recognized travelers and truck drivers will be upset but “it is the right thing to do.”
2:30 p.m.: CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew said it is likely that I-25, I-70 and I-76 could be closed during the storm. During a conference call, she encouraged people to pay attention to road closures and to make good travel decisions.
No closures have been put in place but are expected in the evening once snow and wind picks up.
Kyle Lester, maintenance director, said 43 plows have been deployed on the I-70 mountain corridor, and 100 plows have been deployed in the metro area. Roads have not been pre-treated because rain came first and that would have washed the material off the road.
CDOT is expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow with winds gusting between 40 to 65 miles per hour in the metro area. Those conditions are likely to lead to road closures throughout the metro area.
Southeast Colorado is in a red flag warning now but could transition to a winter storm warning as the storm progresses, Lester said.
— Danika Worthington (@Dani_Worth) April 10, 2019
2:21 p.m.: Gov. Jared Polis activated the Colorado National Guard to support rescues of stranded motorists and others who need help during the storm. He also declared the storm system a bomb cyclone, the second to hit Colorado in a month.
The activation will involve about 50 soldiers from units along the Front Range and 24 tactical vehicles, according to a news release from the Colorado Army National Guard.
2:04 p.m.: In the Legislature, a house bill looking to make it illegal to pass snowplows during a storm (yeah, can you believe it’s not already illegal) had a bunch of people slated to testify. But they were CDOT drivers who are out on the road preparing for the blizzard.The measure, HB-1265, passed unanimously from the House Transportation and Local Govt Committee and moves to the House Appropriations Committee.
— David Migoya
2 p.m.: Snow started falling across the Front Range as state officials urged people to get home and stay there.
Snow has started outside the Denver Post building on Washington Street. The wind is picking up, too. pic.twitter.com/0g2v1jnm4L
— Noelle Phillips (@Noelle_Phillips) April 10, 2019
1:46 p.m.: The passenger vehicle traction law is in place on I-70 between Silverthorne and Georgetown, CDOT said. All cars, vans and trucks must have snow tires, chains or be four-wheel or all-wheel drive. Traction law enforcement also is in place on I-70 between Idaho Springs and C-470 in Denver.
11:52 a.m.: Gov. Jared Polis tweeted his warning to Colorado residents, advising people to avoid travel.
ALERT The current storm is bringing rain, snow, wind, and blizzard conditions. Road conditions are getting worse and we encourage folks to avoid travel. Please be safe and if you do travel, you can find traffic updates & travel resources at https://t.co/82MuoDtQQK #copolitics
— Jared Polis (@GovofCO) April 10, 2019
11:42 a.m.: The National Weather Service said rain will change to snow in the Denver area between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and will spread further east between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Showers are currently moving across north central and northeast Colorado. Rain is changing to snow near Fort Collins. This transition will take place on the near Denver around 1PM-2PM spreading farther east a few hours later from 2PM-4PM. Stay off the roads after 4 PM. #COwx pic.twitter.com/AWZqLzFQmk
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 10, 2019
10:29 a.m.: The National Weather Service in Pueblo released safety tips in advance of the storm’s arrival along the Palmer Divide.
— NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) April 10, 2019
10 a.m.: Two of Colorado’s professional sports teams cancelled their Wednesday night games. The Rockies will not play the Atlanta Braves, and the Rapids will not play the Seattle Sounders. Thus far, the Nuggets are still playing their final home game at the Pepsi Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
9:52 a.m.: Xcel Energy announced that it has crews mobilizing to handle power outages across the Front Range. Here’s what customers need to do to report outages: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/04/10/power-outages-xcel-energy-blizzard/
9:30 a.m.: Cancellations in anticipation of an afternoon blizzard began rolling in. The Colorado State Patrol encouraged people to leave work to avoid driving in hazardous conditions and to allow the Colorado Department of Transportation to get busy clearing roads.
More than 600 flights at Denver International Airport were cancelled. Many airlines were offering travel vouchers for those affected.
8:47 a.m.: The National Weather Service in Boulder released its latest storm model, saying conditions would worsen throughout the day.
This is a model depiction of today's storm. If possible, adjust travel plans today as conditions will worsen through the day. Stay tuned for updates. pic.twitter.com/nYcm34r5BU
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 10, 2019