Winter: Gone But Not Forgotten
CDOT Issues Blizzard Warning for Front Range
A bit of winter is back and blizzard conditions are expected to hit much of the state, according to officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). In a media advisory released Wednesday, April 10, CDOT reminds those traveling to be aware of highway closures which could occur and urges motorists to avoid driving during the storm.
In fact, CDOT’s maintenance personnel are gearing up for a significant spring storm expected to impact much of the state in varying degrees today through tomorrow. The storm is impacting western portions of the state and will continue to move easterly.
Blizzard conditions are expected along the I-25 corridor and east of I-25 where wind gusts are forecasted to be 45-65 mph. Closures are possible on major corridors such as I-76 and I-70, as well as on I-25 at Monument Hill and the Palmer Divide, depending on the severity of the weather conditions.
Hardest hit areas are expected to be along the northern Front Range, the Eastern Plains and the Denver metro region. The storm will start out as rain this morning and is expected to transition to snow this afternoon with high winds combined with slushy, icy and snow-packed road conditions While the morning commute will be clear, the weather is expected to turn into blizzard conditions this afternoon, prior to the evening commute.
While it is spring, winter weather still has its grip on Colorado. Roads can be slick even if snow is not sticking. Wind conditions are expected to be intense, which can create visibility issues. The following provides brief details of what is expected between now and Thursday; but motorists are encouraged to check conditions before heading out via CDOT’s numerous communications tools including cotrip.org.
I-70 Mountain Corridor and Northwest Colorado
Snow totals of eight to 16 inches possible in the higher elevations. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will create poor visibility and blowing snow. Lows overnight dipped into the lower 20’s creating icy road conditions. Lower elevations in Northwest Colorado will see rain that could turn to freezing rain and create challenging driving conditions.
CDOT officials specifically noted that CDOT crews plow and treat state maintains roads: interstates, U.S. highways and state highways. Motorists often believe that CDOT maintains local and residential roads, including neighborhood streets. However, cities and counties are responsible for local and residential roads—not CDOT.
More Snow in Forecast for Leadville
- This Wednesday, April 10 afternoon – Snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Patchy blowing snow after 5 p.m. High near 35. Windy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
- Tonight Wednesday – Snow showers, mainly before 2 a.m. Patchy blowing snow before midnight. Low around 12. Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
- Thursday, April 11 – A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Northwest wind around 15 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Thursday Night – A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph