By Ashton Altieri

DENVER (CBS4) – So far this season the Denver area has officially received 14.4 inches of snow as measured at DIA. That’s exactly half of what is considered normal through February 5. Fortunately there is snow on the way for Wednesday.

Unfortunately the majority of the snow should fall during the afternoon and evening commute on Wednesday causing significant slowdowns and the potential for numerous accidents in the metro area. The tough drive could linger into Thursday morning as extremely cold temperatures settle into the region.

Snow totals across the metro area on Wednesday will vary significantly. Some neighborhoods on the south and southeast sides of the metro area may only get an inch while areas north and northwest of Denver could see a half foot or more. Please don’t get too caught up on a specific number for your neighborhood because it will likely change. Instead, focus on the anticipated impact to travel. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory starting at noon Wednesday for Denver and the Interstate 25 Urban Corridor.

Snow actually starts in Colorado on Tuesday but will be limited to the mountains through at least mid morning on Wednesday. A Winter Weather Advisory started at 5 p.m. Tuesday for mountain areas above Georgetown for at least 3-8 inches of snow along the I-70 corridor through Summit County. Amounts will be higher farther north including around Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Meanwhile mountain areas west of Vail Pass will definitely see the most snow in Colorado with at least 10-20 inches for the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs, Vail, Aspen, Crested Butte and Telluride. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for that part of the state.

Be prepared for difficult winter driving conditions, chain controls, and possible road closures in the mountains from late Tuesday through early Thursday.

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Ashton Altieri