Winter storm expected to cause difficult road conditions

Travel Advisory

February 5, 2024 - Southwestern Colorado - Drivers urged to consider limiting travel or expect delays due to safety closures, especially over mountain passes
Snowplow on US 160 Wolf Creek Pass during a past winter storm
Snowplow on US 160 Wolf Creek Pass during a past winter storm

Southwest & South-Central Colorado — CDOT crews are preparing for the next anticipated rounds of winter weather to hit southwest and south-central Colorado beginning tomorrow evening and lasting through Thursday night. Heavy snow accumulations are expected for all mountain ranges of southwest and south-central Colorado. Travel is expected to be difficult on all regional mountain passes with blowing snow and low visibility. Freezing temperatures will also create icy and slick road conditions. If possible, avoid or limit travel. If you must travel, expect potential safety closures due to the forecasted adverse weather conditions. Check often for updates about road conditions and closures.

Today, regional CDOT crews started 24/7 snow shifts and will be pre-treating and plowing roadways as needed. Periodic road closures can also be expected on mountain passes to allow for avalanche mitigation operations.

Know Before You Go

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

Remember: Slow For The Cone Zone

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be patient!

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