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Southern Colorado snow crews working into Thanksgiving

Roads still icy and slick
Posted at 6:50 PM, Nov 27, 2019

EL PASO COUNTY — There has been a lot of slipping and sliding on Southern Colorado roads. There is a warning heading into Thanksgiving Day it will continue on many roads. The most likely roads are north and northeast in Colorado Springs and El Paso County.

"We've got people working 24 hours a day to get roads cleared for people,” said Kevin Mastin with El Paso County, Public Works. El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs will have crews working on slick roads into Thanksgiving Day.

“Some noticed roads seemed icier than when the snow was coming down,” said Vanessa Zink with the City of Colorado Springs. It was so cold Tuesday into Wednesday that snowpack that had some water in it during the daylight hours froze hard. "Ice is ice and it's going to be difficult. You go out and you throw a snow plow down on top of the ice, you can get the snow removed, but that ice underneath, you really need temperatures to warm up to help get that ice removed," said Mastin. The same type of freeze will happen again Wednesday night into Thanksgiving.

More than plowing, crews are putting things down like anti-skid material to help with traction and de-icers to help expedite melting. The help with traction and activate when the sun shines.