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Tough Driving Conditions Expected from Upcoming Storm  

April 9, 2019

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation is preparing for a potent snowstorm that is expected to impact travel in the Denver area, the northern Front Range and Eastern Plains beginning later tomorrow morning or early afternoon.

“Road conditions are expected to change rapidly between tomorrow morning’s commute and Wednesday evening,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew.  “A normal drive in the morning is forecast to transition to blizzard conditions in many areas through the afternoon and the night. And then travel on Thursday morning is expected to be tough when it comes to visibility due to blowing snow.”  

Lew added, “We can’t rest easy because it’s spring time. Drivers need to be careful, even if it appears that snow isn’t sticking. Wind conditions are expected to be intense, which can create visibility issues. During Work Zone Awareness Week in particular, we remind you to be careful of work zones and stay out of the way while plow drivers are doing their jobs to keep you safe. Drive like you work here.”  

CDOT will continue to monitor conditions and distribute the most current information regarding conditions and closures.  Depending on the severity of the weather, some highways may close, such as I-25 Monument Hill and I-70 in the Eastern Plains, while the storm is hitting the state as a proactive measure to maintain safety for the traveling public.  Motorists are urged to avoid or limit travel during the height of the storm.

BE SAFE – KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Reduce the likelihood of closures and conditions impacting your day by planning ahead. Before you go, check cotrip.org for up-to-date information on road closures and conditions, CDOT’s ONLY official road condition source.  CDOT continues to provide options for getting travel alert information to motorists. CDOT added Twitter “Travel Alerts” to our desktop Facebook page.

CCDOT populates the phone 511 system with current closures and conditions, in addition to providing information to local media. CDOT has a statewide system of electronic signs on many highways to get real-time information to drivers. Please do NOT use a mobile device while operating a vehicle.

STAY INFORMED:

●       Road conditions and travel information: www.COtrip.org

●       Sign up for project or travel alerts: bit.ly/COalerts

●       See scheduled lane closures: codot.gov/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html

●       Connect with us on social media: Twitter @coloradodot and Facebook facebook.com/coloradodot

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