Plows clear a runway at Denver International Airport, where about 200 flights were canceled Sunday.
Plows clear a runway at Denver International Airport, where about 200 flights were canceled Sunday. (Seth A. McConnell, The Denver Post)

A winter storm that brought steady snow to the Denver area throughout the day Sunday has left tricky side streets in its wake with deep snow, packed snow, ice and ruts in some areas.

Most highways and major roads are in good to fair shape Monday morning, but commuters should expect a slow drive and allow for more time to get around the metro area.

Some area schools are canceled or delayed Monday, including Douglas County Public Schools, which is on a 90-minute delay. The city of Denver delayed opening until 10 a.m., including libraries and recreation centers.

Snow accumulations totals, according to the National Weather Service include 9 inches at Denver International Airport and 12 inches in Aurora and Evergreen.

Pena Boulevard, the gateway to DIA, is wet and clear Monday morning after road crews used chemical deicer, according to a DIA media release.

Airlines have reported about 26 departure and arrival cancellations Monday morning. Planes will be deiced today and that could cause delays. Travelers should check the status of their flights Monday at

In the mountains, U.S. Highway 6 over Loveland Pass was closed at about 8:45 a.m. by a "serious" traffic accident, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. It reopened about 10:30 a.m.

A tanker trailer, which was empty, was involved in a collision with another vehicle and the tanker came to a stop blocking both directions of the highway, said Trooper Nate Reid, a Colorado State Patrol spokesman. One person was injured. There was no time estimate on when the pass will reopen.

In Denver work crews continue to plow Monday morning.

Residential plows, or 4x4 pick-up trucks mounted with plows, continue to work on the city's 14,000 residential blocks, according to a Denver Public Works media release.

Skies over Denver are clearing Monday morning, according to the weather service, but fog could shroud widespread, low-lying portions of the metro area and the Front Range. Visibility will be less than ¼ of miles in some areas.

Denver's high temperature Monday should climb to about 39 degrees under sunny skies, the weather service reports. There's a 40 percent chance of snow in Denver on Tuesday.

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