Rain Turns To Snow In Denver: How Much Will We Get?

Rain Turns To Snow In Denver: How Much Will We Get?

A system brought snow to the mountains of Colorado as well as the Front Range.

DENVER — The Mile High City will likely receive its first measurable snowfall on Thursday, while winter weather advisories are in effect for the mountains of Colorado with several inches of snowfall expected.

Snow started falling in Colorado’s High Country overnight and snow will continue to fall Thursday morning. Winter weather advisories are in effect until noon Thursday for higher elevations. Four to eight inches of snow could fall in the mountains above 9,000 feet.

Snow is also possible in the Denver metro area Thursday morning with less than an inch of snow expected. Some western and southern Denver-area suburbs could see up to 2 inches of snow on grassy surfaces.

ALERTS: Weather and frost alerts

CLOSURES: Full list of closures

Rain and snow showers are expected to move south of Interstate 70 after noon Thursday and the sun may also peak. High temperatures on Thursday will be cool, only making their way into the upper 40s.

Colorado dries up on Friday as temperatures return to the upper 50s and lower 60s with plenty of sunshine.

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Colorado Chain and Pull Laws

CDOT urged travelers to know the chain and traction law codes before hitting the road:

  • Code 18/Commercial Chain Act: Commercial vehicles and trucks must be equipped with chains. Vehicles without chains can often lose traction, leading to traffic delays and sometimes road closures. For the safety of the traveling public, it is essential to use chains to comply with Colorado’s chain law.
  • Code 15/Passenger Traction Act: All passenger vehicles should be equipped with proper all-season tires that are 3/16 inch deep. Vehicles must have one of the following: winter tires, tires with mud/snow (M+S) designation, chains or alternative traction devices such as an automatic sock. 4WD and AWD vehicles must be equipped with winter tires or all-season tires.
  • Code 16/Passenger Chain Act: All passenger vehicles need chains except 4WD and AWD vehicles equipped with all-season tires with 3/16 inch tread depth.

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