The Colorado Department of Transportation has been working around the clock, with 539 plows operating, until state roads are clear of snow and ice. Don't forget about all of the city and county crews that have been out as well. CDOT crews will remain on snow-shift, which means they are alternating 12-hour shifts, until the storm is over and highways return to normal driving conditions.

CDOT crews started snow-shift along the Front Range at 4 pm on Monday afternoon, with others in the mountain areas on-shift since Friday or midnight Sunday. The storm dropped up to a foot of snow in several areas of the state, with the Denver Metro Area receiving about eight inches. During the three hour morning commute, about one inch of snow was falling each hour along the northern Front Range.

By the Numbers

  • Front Range/Southeastern & Northeastern Colorado: 327 snowplows in operation during each snow-shift.
  • Western Slope/San Luis Valley: 212 snowplows in operation during each snow-shift.

*Please give drivers to give plows enough room to get the highways cleared and to slow down while we continue to experience winter driving conditions.

Avoid a Fine During the Snowstorm

Motorists should be aware the Traction Law and Passenger Vehicle Chain Law could be implemented if conditions require it. When either law is in effect, highway signs will be activated.

  • Traction Law — Motorists will need snow tires, tires with mud/snow designation, or a four-wheel drive vehicle — all tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.
  • Passenger Vehicle Chain Law — Every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock).
  • Without proper equipment, you can be fined $130.
  • If your vehicle blocks the roadway, you could be fined more than $650.


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