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Colorado roads: Snow leads to messy conditions

Crews responded to an 11-vehicle crash on "sheet of ice" roads and said if you must travel to use caution and take your time.

DENVER — Another round of snow led to a mess on Colorado's roads on Friday.

Snow showers moved in overnight and will continue off and on into Saturday.

Roads across the region were icy, snowy and slick throughout the Wednesday morning commute.

Travel Alerts

South Metro Fire Rescue tweeted that crews were on scene of a 11-vehicle crash including a rollover on the offramp from C-470 to Broadway. No injuries were reported.

"Firefighters describe a “sheet of ice” on the roadways. If you must travel, please allow extra time and use caution," South Metro Fire said.

Metro area traffic agencies were on accident alert Friday morning including Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

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Denver and area counties will plow heavily traveled roads first before moving onto ones that don’t see as much traffic.

The City of Denver has 70 large plows and 36 smaller residential plows. Denver's large plows can drop deicer down to provide traction on the streets. The small plows do not carry deicer.

Know before you go and check out COtrip.org for the latest road conditions.

Keep up with the latest road conditions here:

Colorado chain and traction laws

The CDOT urged travelers to be aware of chain and traction law codes before heading out on the roadway:

  • Code 18/Commercial Chain Law: Commercial vehicles and trucks must have chains. Vehicles without chains can often lose traction, causing traffic delays and sometimes road closures. For the safety of the traveling public, it's critical to use chains to comply with Colorado's chain law.
  • Code 15/Passenger Traction Law: All passenger vehicles must have appropriate all-weather tires with 3/16-inch depth. Vehicles must have one of the following: winter tires, tires with mud/snow (M+S) designation, chains or alternative traction devices such as an autosock. 4WD and AWD vehicles must have winter tires or all-weather tires.
  • Code 16/Passenger Chain Law: All passenger vehicles need chains, except for 4WD and AWD vehicles with all-weather tires with 3/16-inch tread depth.

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