Up to 8 inches of snow expected in Denver, will make for hazardous road conditions Wednesday into Thursday

Snow is expected to begin falling in the Denver region around 5 p.m. Wednesday as a storm arrives that could make the evening commute and Thursday morning’s drive to work a bit messy, forecasters said.

A winter weather advisory is being expanded to Denver and some western areas of Adams and Arapahoe counties, according to the National Weather Service. This advisory will be in effect from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday.

Denver is expected to get anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow, according to the weather service, with residents on the east side likely to get closer to the 4-inch mark and people living on the west side more in the 8-inch range.

“The highest snowfall amounts can be expected over the Front Range foothills, the immediate plains and the Palmer Divide,” according to the advisory. The heaviest snowfall will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The NWS warns that travel may be difficult.

“The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning commutes,” the advisory said. “Roads will likely become slick and hazardous.”

Tamara Rollison, communications manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, said that if the weather becomes bad enough, road closures are possible.

Rollison advised motorists to avoid travel between the areas of south Denver and Castle Rock due to the snowfall and construction.

Thursday morning commuters should be cautious of slippery roads and light snow flurries. The weather service advises drivers to reduce their speeds to help prevent potential crashes.

By Thursday afternoon, the sun should be out once again.

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