Snow-packed side roads and slushy highways met Denver drivers Monday as a winter storm continues to drop snow across the metro area.
Blowing snow reduced visibility in some areas Monday morning and most highways were icy in spots, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which discouraged unnecessary travel in a warning Monday, saying icy and snowy roads exist across the state.
No major crashes were reported in the Denver metro area by 8 a.m. Monday.
A crash on Interstate 25 southbound closed one lane just north of the junction with Colorado 402, near Loveland, CDOT reported at 7 a.m.
By 8:20 a.m., Denver police had responded to 12 crashes since midnight, as well as four vehicles that were stolen while left running to warm up, the department said in a statement on Twitter.
“As we move into AM rush hour, let’s keep that same energy,” the department said. “Drive safely, drive slowly, get there eventually.”
Some bus routes were seeing 15 to 30 minute delays because of the weather, and trains were delayed five to 10 minutes, the Regional Transportation District said.
At Denver International Airport, 44 flights were delayed Monday morning and 23 flights were cancelled, spokeswoman Emily Williams said. There are 467 flight departures scheduled Monday, she said.
Five runways are open at the airport and one is closed, and Pena Boulevard is open but snow-packed, she said.
“Just be careful on your way to the airport, and it’s always good to double check with your airline before you go,” she said.
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