Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintenance crews are preparing for the upcoming snow storm that is expected to hit mainly the front range and the eastern plains. Below is a summary of CDOT’s plans along the front range and eastern plains:
Denver metro area: Maintenance crews will go on full snow shift by 5 p.m. tonight with some trucks out this afternoon. Crews will work 12-hour shifts until the roads are clear of snow and ice. There will be approximately 75 snow plows out tonight and well into tomorrow putting down both solid and liquid de-icer. Forecast are calling for 4-8 inches with the heavier amounts east and south.
Eastern Plains: Crews are already on snow shift in many areas including Limon, Burlington, Lamar, Sterling, Wray, Julesburg and Brush. Forecast are calling for approximately 5-7 in inches. High winds are possible throughout the storm. In addition, the Kansas Department of Transportation is expecting more snow than Colorado and has alerted CDOT that there is a very good possibility of road closures east of Colorado.
Southern Colorado: Crews in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Trinidad and La Junta will go on snow shift around 6 p.m. Forecast are calling for 2-5 inches with heavier amounts west near Woodland Park.
Northern Colorado: Areas near Boulder, Cameron Pass, Nederland, Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Evans, and the I-25 corridor are expecting snow to start falling later this afternoon (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.), but crews are on snow shift.
Overall, CDOT will have approximately 300 snow plow working across the Front Range and eastern plains during this snow storm.
As conditions can quickly change, motorists are encouraged to call 511 or visit www.cotrip.org for real-time road condition information.