Snowy Travel expected on MLK Day

Jan. 20, 2019 - Denver Metro Colorado

Drivers should be prepared for adverse travel conditions in many areas of the state tomorrow as a winter storm system brings snow to the mountains and eastern plains. 

“Our forecast models are indicating that by midday tomorrow, traveling in the mountainous areas, including Interstate 70, will become more difficult as this latest storm moves through the state,” said CDOT Winter Operations Manager, David Johnson.  “It’ll then push eastward to the I-25 corridor and eastern plains late tomorrow night.”

Traffic on eastbound I-70 and other highways west of Denver will be heavier than normal throughout the day tomorrow due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Safety metering operations also should be anticipated at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels and on Loveland Pass.

Blizzard-like conditions are expected to develop tomorrow night on the Palmer Divide, including Monument Hill, and on the I-70 corridor east towards Limon and Burlington.  Wind gusts up to 35 mph are possible.  Currently, the storm is expected to impact travel for Tuesday morning’s commute along the Front Range.   

The track and timing of the storm is subject to change.  CDOT will issue additional road and weather advisories tomorrow.    

Colorado highway information is available at all times on the website or by calling 511.