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Road conditions: Snow causes slick commute across Colorado

Drivers will encounter slick, icy and snowy roads Wednesday across Colorado.

COLORADO, USA — Another round of snow has led to a mess on Colorado's roads.

The cold front that brought an initial blast of snow late Tuesday will continue to bring snow to the Denver metro area, foothills, plains and mountains throughout Wednesday.

Roads across the region will remain icy, snowy and slick throughout the Wednesday commute.

The City of Thornton, City of Boulder, and Douglas County each were on Accident Alert on Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service (NWS) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) urge travelers to slow down and use extra caution.

Denver plow tracker
CDOT plow tracker

NWS said snow-covered roads will make travel hazardous and to plan on slippery road conditions. Travel could be difficult Wednesday morning across Interstate 25 and Interstate 70.

Denver, Boulder and eastern Adams and Arapahoe counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory from midnight Wednesday to midnight Thursday.

CDOT plow crews are in full shift and will be plowing and treating state-maintained roads throughout the storm and afterward as necessary.

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More than three dozen schools, businesses and offices across Colorado are on delayed start, remote start or closed on Wednesday due to snow and windy conditions.

Several dozen flights have been canceled or delayed at Denver International Airport (DIA) Wednesday.

The heaviest snowfall will likely occur along the southern foothills, Palmer Divide, and adjacent plains. The Palmer Divide between Denver and Colorado Springs will be susceptible to high snowfall amounts, as well as blowing snow.

The Denver area will see 4 to 8 inches of snow, with some higher totals likely along the Palmer Divide and the foothills west of Denver.

One to 2 feet of snow could fall in the mountains of southwest Colorado. Travel could be very difficult to impossible.

Even with plowing, pretreatment and deicing, CDOT said roads are slick, particularly on bridges, overpasses and shady areas. CDOT added it's best to avoid driving during the Wednesday commute and work from home if possible.

If you have to be out, take it slow, keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you, stay well behind plows, do not pass plows and give extra time.

The City of Denver has 70 large plows and 36 smaller residential plows. Denver's large plows can drop deicer down to provide traction on the streets. The small plows do not carry deicer.

Know before you go and check out COtrip.org for the latest road conditions.

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