Winter Weather to Make its Way Across State Sunday Afternoon Through Monday Morning

March 18, 2018 - CDOT prepared and ready for spring storm

Motorists should watch for winter weather as they travel the mountains and come back from skiing on I-70 this afternoon. Rain is expected later today in the Denver metro area and will turn to snow overnight, making for a slushy and slick commute in the morning before the weather clears out tomorrow.

CDOT Crews on the Job 24/7

CDOT crews are plowing roads in the higher-elevation areas across Southwest Colorado, and crews are ready and prepared to clear roads once snow accumulates in other areas of the state. They will focus on clearing interstates first and then major state routes, before clearing other less-traveled state-maintained roads. CDOT will have 110 trucks for snow removal in the Denver Metro area.

Whats up with the Weather

The main portion of the storm reached the southwest mountains this morning, and will reach the Northern and Central Colorado mountains by this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service. Snow may be heavy at times.

On the plains, rain showers will develop later today, becoming more widespread and changing to snow this evening along the I-25 corridor and Palmer Divide, and later tonight on the far eastern plains. Gusty winds may cause blowing snow and reduced visibility over the Palmer Divide. Heavy, wet snowfall is expected for most areas, although Southeast Colorado will see only light precipitation amounts.

What you Should Know

  • Ski traffic on the I-70 Mountain corridor:
    Leave earlier before the winter weather hits and give yourself extra time.
  • Tomorrow morning's commute in the Denver Metro area
    Give yourself plenty of time to get to work as roads are expected to be slushy and slick. Take it slowly, and leave ample room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Stay safely behind CDOT plow trucks.
  • Be winter weather-ready
    Make sure you have adequate tires for the snow and know the road conditions before you head out by checking the information sources below.
    Another difficult area in the state to watch out for is I-25 on Monument Hill, north of Colorado Springs. Due to the high elevation of this road, conditions can deteriorate quickly.