Snow threatens evening and morning commutes around metro Denver

With a snowstorm expected to move into the Denver area Monday afternoon, the Colorado Department of Transportation advised drivers to be prepared for potential hazardous driving conditions.

Areas located north and west of Denver, including Jefferson, Boulder, and Larimer counties, should be especially mindful of conditions. Along Interstate 25, the Monument Hill area south of Denver will also see higher snowfall accumulations impacting travel through the I-25 South Gap project.

Heavier snow is expected east of the Continental Divide on U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass and on I-70 near Idaho Springs.

“Winter isn’t quite done with us yet,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew in a news release. “This is the 33rd storm of this season, and it looks to be hitting the metro and north I-25 corridor and Foothills the most, especially during commute times, so please plan travel accordingly and safely.”

The National Weather Service has declared a winter weather advisory for the metro area from 3 p.m. today until Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Snow is expected to pick up by early afternoon and continue to fall overnight. The NWS reports that 1-2 inches per hour could fall.

During the evening commute, heavier snow is expected, so drivers should expect slippery roads and reduced visibility. CDOT said the temperature drop and snow will most likely have an impact on Tuesday morning commutes.

“CDOT urges motorists to be prepared for road conditions that can change or decline quickly,” according to the release. “Motorists should travel with caution, as they may also encounter delays due to the adverse weather and difficult driving conditions.”

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