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Bitter cold expected in Denver metro; Snow, wind in mountains

Snow continues falling along the Interstate 70 corridor and with wind gusts of up to 50 mph raking high mountain passes, expect travel to continue being difficult.

Considering that snow has been falling in the high country for the past two days traffic is not as tied up as it could be, said Brian Jordon, Colorado Department of Transportation traffic specialist.

“There have been a few accidents,” Jordon said.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for portions of the northern mountains including the Front Range and areas in Vail and Summit County. The warning is in effect until 6:30 p.m, the National Weather Service in Boulder warns.

In a tweet at about 8:45 a.m., CDOT announced that avalanche reduction work around the Eisenhower Tunnel could lead to extended travel delays.

Loveland Pass remains closed.

“Over the mountains we’ll slowly start to see some sun but we will still see some snow throughout the morning and into the early afternoon and then it will start to clear up,” said Lisa Kriederman, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Areas of fog are expected in the Denver metro area before 11 a.m. and it will be cloudy and cold.

At 9 a.m., the temperature was 9 degrees at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

Snow showers are possible but little accumulation is expected, the weather service said.

The high temperature for the day in the Denver metro is expected to be 15 degrees, but wind chill will reduce that to -4 degrees.

“We should just see these clouds all day and maybe not break out until tonight,” Kriederman said.

Temperatures should climb back into a normal range for this time of year on Wednesday. “It should be back to normal, low to mid-40s on the northern plains and urban corridor,” Kriederman said.

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