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CDOT crews are advising drivers to limit travel and make sure that their vehicles can handle the weather conditions as a spring storm dumps heavy wet snow across the state. The storm is moving from the western slope to the east with high accumulations of snow in upper elevations.

The brunt of the storm is expected to hit areas west of Denver, the Northern Front Range and Monument Hill. Motorists are being asked to avoid hitting the roads in the Denver Metro area, as well as the I-70 and I-25 corridors. Road closures are not in place currently but can be expected if conditions worsen.

Crews also expect hydroplaning could be an issue because of the water content of the snow. Truckers are also being urged to pay attention to snow chain requirements and make sure they have the proper equipment depending on where they plan to travel.

To check the conditions on CDOT's website before you head out, click here.  

Here is a summary of road conditions:

Denver Metro area - Roadways are mostly wet and slushy, but will freeze as temperatures drop this evening around 7 pm. CDOT is applying de-icing  materials on roadways, but pavements will be slick   

I-25 Monument Hill -  Mostly wet now, but unexpected snow squalls can come in because of the high elevation resulting in spin-outs and delays. CDOT is prepared to make safety closures if necessary. 

Foothills -  Roads are slushy and conditions will become worse with wet heavy snow coming this evening.  . 

Along the I-70 mountain corridor - While the road is mostly wet now, snow will be coming down about an inch an hour.  Driving conditions will be treacherous. 

Moving into higher elevations into  Estes Park - There will be significant snow and compacted snow on the roads. Visibility will be challenging with wet heavy snow coming down. 

Currently there are two closures:  US 6 to Loveland Pass and the WB C470 ramp to I-70.  There will be intermittent closures during the storm. 

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