By Dillon Thomas

DENVER (CBS4)– The snow was predicted for Thursday but the freezing rain mixed with frigid temperatures and topped with snow, combined to make a dangerous morning commute.

On Wednesday, temperatures in the Denver metro area peaked at 66 degrees. When the snow started to fall overnight, most melted on impact.

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But as the surfaces cooled, the melted snow froze. That topped with more snow created slick conditions for driving.

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“Colder air moved in from the north,” said CBS4 Meteorologist Ashton Altieri. “What melted on the ground, started to freeze. That created a very thin layer of ice underneath the snow. The snow was able to grab on to the ice, and it created a very slick and traitorous environment for driving this morning.”

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One driver lost their life in the morning commute after the vehicle she was in rolled over.

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Several other cars ended up on the sides of the interstates and roads after morning collisions.

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“The roads are pretty icy, and everyone is remembering how to drive again in the snow,” one Denver resident said.

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Some told CBS4 they rode their bicycles to work Wednesday. However, with the snow on Thursday, they elected to ski through downtown instead.

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“You can’t really (ski) that often in Denver. You have to take advantage of it when it’s out here,” the resident said.

Dillon Thomas is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.

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