DENVER — A snowstorm is expected to seriously hit the Denver metro area and northern Colorado during Tuesday morning rush hour, bringing inches of snow to the area throughout the day.

The snow is expected to start near the Wyoming border around midnight and move south, with the heaviest snow falling in the metro area between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday and on the Palmer Divide from 9 a.m. to noon, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. .

The metro area is expected to see between 2 and 5 inches of snow, with the heaviest totals on the west side of the metro area. The foothills and northern mountains are expected to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow.

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7:43 p.m. | Cherry Creek Schools have also been delayed

The Cherry Creek School District has also announced delays Tuesday due to snow and COVID-19-related staff shortages – calling it a “precautionary decision”.

At the moment, elementary and kindergarten in the morning are staggered by 60 minutes. High school and college students will be delayed 90 minutes. Child care before school will be on a regular schedule.

“We will assess conditions early tomorrow and may decide to close schools if it is not safe to keep schools open,” the district said on its website. “We will communicate early tomorrow to all families and staff if there is a change.”

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7:20 p.m. | Douglas County schools with a 90-minute delay on Tuesday

The Douglas County School District announced that all schools will be delayed for 90 minutes Tuesday morning due to forecast morning snow and cold temperatures.

“We are taking the precautionary step of calling a delayed start in advance due to the potential for heavy snowfall and uncertainty in the forecast as to how quickly the storm will strike,” the district said in a statement. “This will give the DCSD snow crew a bit more time to monitor and give our families and staff more time to make the necessary preparations.”

Schools and buses will also pick up students 90 minutes later than normal, the district said.

Morning preschool and morning half-day kindergarten are canceled, as is blended learning eDCSD Remote learning will operate on a normal schedule, the district said.

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5:00 p.m. | Latest predictions

Here’s the latest on what to expect in the storm, which will move into Colorado around midnight, from Katie LaSalle of Denver7.

Monday weather forecast at 5 p.m.

3 p.m. | Denver Zoo closed Tuesday

The Denver Zoo announced Monday afternoon that it will be closed on Tuesday due to low temperatures, so the majority of animals can stay inside for their own safety and comfort.