Fourth wave of winter storms to impact Southern Colorado

February 17, 2019 - Southern Colorado Travel Advisory - Presidents Day travelers urged to be prepared

COLORADO ― The Colorado Department of Transportation is warning travelers in southern portions of the state to brace for the fourth wave of a multi-day winter storm event. Adverse weather will primarily impact the southwest mountains, the San Luis Valley and southeast plains, including the I-25 south corridor.

“This wave of storms is associated with colder temps and wind chills that will cause quick, rapid road surface accumulations and icing, even in the mountain valleys,” said CDOT’s Winter Operations Manager, David Johnson. “Scattered, light snow showers begin this afternoon for southern Colorado before ramping up tonight and continuing for most of Presidents Day and into Tuesday for higher elevations, which could see as much as one to two feet of snow locally.”

Tuesday will also see snowfall in the northeast plains and surrounding areas. Metro Denver corridors can expect two or three inches by Monday morning's commute. Portions of the I-70 corridor near the Eisenhower Tunnel can expect four to eight inches by Monday morning.

CDOT urges motorists to travel with caution, as they may encounter delays due to adverse weather, difficult driving conditions and potential road closures. Heavy accumulations of snow in the high country will likely mean avalanche control operations will be required to keep high country passes safe for the traveling public. Travelers are urged to visit for possible closures and travel conditions.



CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and airports, and administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service. Colorado Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s inter-modal mobility options.