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Winter storm hitting Denver metro area could be biggest in 3 years

A major storm bringing heavy snow to the Rockies could be the Denver metro area's biggest snowstorm in three years.

The worst of the storm will hit on Thursday. All Denver Public Schools are closed for the day.

PHOTO: Matthew Palmeri heads to work at snow covered Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado, March 14, 2024.  (Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Matthew Palmeri heads to work at snow covered Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado, March 14, 2024. (Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Jorge Perera sweeps snow at the corner of Broadway and 1st Ave. in Denver, Colorado, March 14, 2024.  (Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Jorge Perera sweeps snow at the corner of Broadway and 1st Ave. in Denver, Colorado, March 14, 2024. (Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images)

Over 800 flights have been canceled into and out of the Denver International Airport.

The forecast is calling for 5 to 9 inches of snow for the Denver metro area, where a winter storm warning is in effect through early Friday.

PHOTO: Snowfall forecast for Colorado, March 14, 2024.  (ABC News)
PHOTO: Snowfall forecast for Colorado, March 14, 2024. (ABC News)

MORE: What every motorist needs to know about driving in snow

If Denver gets more than 9 inches of snow, this would mark the biggest snowstorm in three years.

Up to 2 feet of snow is possible west of Denver and close to 4 feet of snow is possible in the highest elevations.

Winter storm hitting Denver metro area could be biggest in 3 years originally appeared on abcnews.go.com