DENVER (CBS4) – Another morning snow storm hits just at the wrong time. Right in the heart of the morning drive. Snow is falling across the Denver metro area Monday morning and some Colorado schools are on a delayed start. The storm system will leave a few inches of snow in most areas. Denver and the foothills will see 4 to 11 inches of snow. The storm was much stronger than any of the widely used forecast models had indicated. The primary reason for the heavier snow totals was the strong Northeast up-slope that lingered through the morning. The last few storms blew straight out of the north and pushed right on down and over the lower Palmer Divide. Monday’s storm pushed right into the northern foothills and had nowhere to go.

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Clear Creek School District is on a 2-hour delay as is Holy Family High School and several other schools. Mullen High School is closed today. See the full list of school delays at CBSDenver.com/schoolclosings.

“Can’t believe Cherry Creek is having school. Horrible driving conditions,” wrote one person on the CBS4 Facebook page.

The Monday morning commute is expected to be slow.

“We’re heading into rush hour, the streets are covered in #snow and since 5 AM, we’ve already had 41 traffic crashes reported,” Denver police tweeted.

The snow is falling hard due to a big upslope across the Front Range region. Cold air backing in against the Range on the west side of a huge Arctic blast that is oozing into the mid-section of the country.

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The storm will wrap up and move away quickly with clearing skies anticipated by Monday evening.

Temperatures by Tuesday morning could fall into the single digits around the area.

CBS4 has partnered with the Denver Rescue Mission to Spread the Warmth this winter. We’re bringing the community together for Coloradans experiencing homelessness. Find out how to help at CBSDenver.com/SpreadtheWarmth/.

Dave Aguilera

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