Information provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation
Icy conditions and heavy snow are expected to impact much of the state beginning with freezing rain and transitioning to heavy snow by Sunday afternoon, making the Monday morning commute along the Front Range and the Denver Metro area a challenge. This is expected to be a long-lasting storm with impacts through Monday.
Motorists are urged to avoid driving during the storm particularly on the I-70 Mountain Corridor and I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock. If you have to be out – take it slow, stay safely behind the vehicle ahead, don’t pass plows and make sure your vehicle is equipped for the weather, including the appropriate tires for snow.
If you travel on the I-25 corridor between Monument and Castle Rock, CDOT highly urges that you avoid this area early Monday morning. The speed limit on this stretch will be reduced to 45 miles per hour beginning noon Sunday as the storm begins to hit.
CDOT crews have pretreated roads and will be out in force throughout the storm.
Here is a breakdown of the anticipated local impacts:
I-25 SOUTH GAP PROJECT AND MONUMENT HILL
The forecast calls for freezing drizzle mixed with snow late Saturday through Sunday morning, changing mainly to snow Sunday afternoon, lasting through Monday afternoon. Five to ten inches of snow is anticipated, with the heaviest impacts on Monday morning. CDOT crews pretreated the roadway to help reduce the ice and snow from sticking to the pavement and they will be treating and plowing the interstate throughout the storm. Road conditions will be slick and emergency closures are likely depending on the severity of the conditions for the safety of motorists. The speed limit will be lowered to 45 miles per hour to slow traffic down during the storm. Avoid driving through this area if you can on Monday morning.
Freezing rain is expected Sunday morning, which makes for slick driving conditions. The freezing rain is expected to turn to snow late Sunday through Monday morning. Commuters should plan ahead, give yourself extra time to reach your destination, slow down and don’t follow too closely. CDOT crews have pretreated major roads and will be fully deployed around the clock throughout the storm.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
- CDOT highly encourages avoiding travel on the I-70 Mountain Corridor and on I-25 from Castle Rock to Monument, also known as the Gap project, during the storm.
- CDOT plows will be out in full force along the major corridors. Do not pass the snowplows.
- Watch for freezing rain overnight Saturday and Sunday morning. While the road may appear clear, pavement will be slick, particularly on bridges and overpasses.
- Go slow. Please do not speed.
- Make sure you are equipped for the weather and have appropriate tires.
- Leave plenty of space behind the vehicle in front of you.
- Road conditions and travel information: www.COtrip.org
- Winter driving and snow prep information: winter.codot.gov
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