Wintry weather that knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers and snapped tree limbs across metro Denver will slowly loosen its grip Saturday as temperatures climb above the freezing mark and snow decreases along the Front Range.
A freeze warning for the metro area will expire at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
On Friday into Saturday, snow fell throughout the area, with some spots receiving more than 10 inches. Aspen Park, in the foothills of Jefferson County, received 15.5 inches of snow from the spring storm as of early Saturday morning.
Snow from the storm broke leafed-out tree limbs across the metro area, leading to power outages as downed limbs took out overhead powerlines. At 9 a.m. Saturday, Xcel Energy Colorado reported 1,366 outages in the Denver area with 97,902 customers impacted. Crews were working on restoring the power.
Overnight, Interstate 70 was shut down in multiple stretches along the mountain corridor, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The highway stretches, including Vail Pass, have reopened Saturday morning. Officials urge motorists to drive cautiously.
In Denver, snow showers are likely before 2 p.m. Saturday, turning to rain showers after 3 p.m., the weather service said. Thunder is possible Saturday afternoon. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature near 45 degrees.
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Saturday night in Denver there’s a 30% chance of precipitation, rain mixing with snow, as the overnight low drops to about 32 degrees. Little additional snow accumulation is expected.
On Sunday there’s a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Denver area. The high temperature will be about 57 degrees.
Weather in the region will remain on the cooler side through mid-week, with temperatures below seasonal norms, according to the weather service. A warming trend is expected to kick in on Thursday.