Winter Weather Moving in to Front Range

March 7, 2014 - Central Eastern Colorado/Denver Metro/CDOT Region 1 - Snow Expected to Continue, Crews on Full Snow Shift.

Front Range- Winter weather has moved into the Denver Metro Area and all across the Front Range. Crews along the Front Range are on full snow shift. The Denver Metro Area has over 100 snow plows on the roads and the entire Front Range has roughly 300 plows out in full force patrolling and dispersing anti-icing and de-icing products. Maintenance crews are patrolling the highways washed out by the September floods to ensure that roadways remain in stable condition throughout this storm.

Crews are currently and will continue to apply a combination of liquid and solid de-icing and anti-icing products. The recent warm temperatures and fast dropping current temperatures accompanied by thick, wet snow is likely to create icy conditions on many roadways for the evening commute and through the night. Motorists are encouraged to drive according to conditions and to expect black ice conditions on roadways. Evening commuters are encouraged to allow for extra time.

Snow plow safety is an important part of winter driving. Motorists traveling behind snow plows should remain a minimum of five car lengths behind the plow. Snow plows have limited visibility and often cannot see vehicles traveling too closely behind them. When plows are removing snow and ice from the roadways, whiteout conditions can occur for vehicles traveling too close to the plow. Allow plows to work at a safe distance from vehicles and use extreme caution when passing snow plows. Snow plow operators are maintaining the roads for the safety of the traveling public and their main objective is to remove snow and ice from the roadways to ensure vehicles can arrive safely at their destinations.

During non-peak travel times, snow plows use a method of plowing known as echelon plowing. Once snow begins accumulating, crews will use this method along major roadways. Echelon plowing is when snow plows line up at an angle along the roadway and plow in a line. This method of plowing allows crews to remove maximum amounts of snow and ice from the roadway in an even fashion and in a shorter period of time. CDOT does not recommend passing the plows when this is occurring.

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