Off-and-on snow is expected to total up to 3 inches in Denver

Patrick Casey enjoys walking his dog Arya enjoy walking in the freshly falling snow along Canyon Blvd on Jan. 21, 2018 in Boulder.

Saturday is expected to be a cold day as snow falls on and off in the metro Denver area, potentially dropping up to 2 to 3 inches throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

The day’s high is only expected to reach the low 20s, cooling down to around 10 degrees at night, NWS meteorologist Natalie Sullivan said. Some freezing drizzle has been reported.

The snow is expected to pass through the metro Denver area and into southcentral Colorado through the afternoon, moving out at night, she said.

The Denver International Airport, which started seeing trace amounts of snow at midnight, said significant flight impacts aren’t expected but warned passengers to check their flight status as low visibility or shifting winds could cause delays.

Snow teams are ready for expected light snowfall during the morning and afternoon. Check your flight status as the weather moves in. While significant flight impacts aren’t expected, delays due to low visibility or shifting winds are always possible.

The mountains are expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow, although some parts could get up to 8 inches, Sullivan said.

Heavy traffic has been delaying travel times from Denver to the Eisenhower tunnel, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Traction law is in place on eastbound I-70 between Vail and Copper Mountain.

So far, the metro area has seen 6.4 inches of snow this season, slightly below the 7 inches that normally drop by now, Sullivan said. Despite a burst of January snow, the South Platte River basin is still 93 percent of normal snowpack after a dry end to 2017.

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