Snow accumulates on metro area roadways early, disappears late in the day

CDOT warns that black ice could be a problem in AM
Posted at 11:54 PM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 14:02:29-04

DENVER -- A fast moving snow storm made for some treacherous driving conditions Sunday morning, but by late in the day, most of the flakes had disappeared from metro area highways.

But CDOT says "don't be fooled," both I-25 and I-70 are still icy in spots in metro Denver.

Front Range snow totals ranged from 2 inches in Wheat Ridge and 2.7 in Denver to 8.3 inches in Longmont and 9.6 in Nederland.

"I think it's awesome," said Matthew Barth, referring to the more than 7 inches of snow recorded in Boulder. "I knew it was going to snow, but I was expecting one to two inches. I wasn't expecting anything like this."

There was enough snow in Denver to cause a few traffic related headaches.

Tow trucks were kept busy because of a large number of car crashes and fender benders.

Snow plows were too.

"We have about 100 plows in the metro area," said Stacia Sellers, of CDOT. "They're using de-icing products and they're also using their plow blades to move ice and snow off the roadway."

By 6pm, I-25 was dry in the Thornton-Northglenn area, but there were still a few tell-tale signs that it was a slippery mess earlier in the day, like an abandoned, crashed SUV, just off the northbound shoulder near 104th Avenue.

With temperatures dipping down to 22 degrees overnight, moisture that didn't evaporate off the road surface Sunday afternoon will refreeze and could turn into black ice.

Boulder resident Brian Rindels put the storm in perspective.

"It seems like it came early," he said.  "It was pretty, and I know that it's going to be cold tomorrow morning when I head out to work."