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Colorado snow: Road conditions, traffic alerts from winter storm

The latest on road conditions and traffic alerts following the latest winter storm to hit the state.

DENVER — A winter storm brought significant snow to the Denver area overnight, leading to slick, snow-packed roads by Thursday morning. 

Some parts of the Denver metro area received more than 13 inches of fresh snow, causing tough traveling conditions on highways and city streets. 

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said it expected these areas to be hit the hardest: 

  • Along the Interstate 70 corridor from the Denver area and up to the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels.
  • Interstate 25 between Fort Collins and Trinidad, with significant impacts forecast in the Denver and Colorado Springs area. 

CDOT also asks that people avoid traveling in snowstorms, if possible, and said there's a potential for road closures Thursday due to snow. 

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Keep up with road current conditions here:

Chain and traction laws

CDOT urges travelers to be aware of chain and traction law codes before heading out on the roadway:

  • Code 18/Commercial Chain Law: Commercial vehicles and trucks must have chains. Vehicles without chains can often lose traction, causing traffic delays and sometimes road closures. For the safety of the traveling public, it's critical to use chains to be in compliance with Colorado's chain law.
  • Code 15/Passenger Traction Law: All passenger vehicles must have appropriate all-weather tires with 3/16-inch depth. Vehicles must have one of the following: winter tires, tires with mud/snow (M+S) designation, chains or alternative traction devices such as an autosock. 4WD and AWD vehicles must have winter tires or all-weather tires.
  • Code 16/Passenger Chain Law: All passenger vehicles need chains, except for 4WD and AWD vehicles with all-weather tires with 3/16-inch tread depth.

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