Get ready to ride wave #5

February 20, 2019 - Southwestern Colorado - Winter storm system to impact southwest Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging travelers in southwest Colorado to be prepared. A fifth wave of a multi-day winter storm event is hitting the region starting this evening, Wednesday, February 20. Adverse weather will primarily impact the Uncompahgre Plateau; the Northwest San Juan Mountains; the Southwest San Juan Mountains; the La Garita Mountains; the Eastern San Juan Mountains; and the river basins in the Four Corners region.

CDOT officials advise the best strategy during adverse weather is for travelers to be patient and if possible find a safe haven to await better travel conditions. But if you must drive during the storm, CDOT assures the public that patrols across western and southwestern Colorado are gearing up to maintain and clear the roads.

CDOT urges motorists be prepared for road conditions that can change or decline quickly. Motorists should travel with caution, as they may also encounter delays due to the 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.