Colorado Winter Weather Advisory Issued In Front Range, Blizzard Watch South Of Denver (UPDATE)
Just as the broken tree branches are finally almost cleaned up, more snow is expected to drop on much of Colorado beginning Tuesday evening. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of the Front Range including Denver as well as a Blizzard Watch south of Denver in Douglas, El Paso and Arapahoe counties beginning Tuesday night at 9 p.m. and into Wednesday morning.
The winter storm that moved in over Colorado Tuesday night has produced a large amount of snowfall closing dozens of schools along the Front Range and Eastern Plains and making for a difficult morning commute, Wednesday morning. CBSDenver has a list of all the school closures and delays, as of publication more than 100 schools were listed as closed with dozens more on delayed schedules. Denver Public Schools remain open.
Fox31 reports that 3-7 inches of snow has already fallen and another 1-4 is expected before the storm begins to taper off around 8 a.m. However, according to 9News, it may not let up until closer to 3 p.m. further south along the Palmer Divide.
The weather is affecting flights at Denver International Airport as well, 7News reports that more than 40 flights have been canceled. Travelers should contact their airline to see if their flight has been canceled or delayed.
The Denver Post reports that road conditions are mixed around the Denver area with some roads that are snowpacked, icy and slushy. 5,000 customers in Greeley were still without power this morning after last week's storm which broke tree branches and caused more than 200,000 Xcel users to lose their power.
Fox31 reports that the snow storm will be quicker than last week's, ending by noon Wednesday, but Denver is still expected to get 4 to 8 inches of snow with potentially heavier snowfall in some parts of the Front Range.
The strong winds expected south and southeast of Denver are what could cause the blizzard conditions that the National Weather Service is concerned about. 9News reports that the wind combined with the snow could possibly reduce visibility to zero on Wednesday morning's commute.
Winter is getting closer and that will be reflected in much of November's weather, which historically has the second-highest amount of snow all year in Denver, according to The Denver Post.
And just in time for the cold, the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) has announced they will begin accepting applications for home heating bill assistance beginning Tuesday, according to 7News. However, the requirements to qualify have gotten more strict since 2010.
To learn more about LEAP or apply for heating bill assistance, go to the Colorado Department of Human Services website.