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Heavy Snow To Hit Colorado During Thanksgiving Travel

Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation

Almost a million Coloradans will travel for Thanksgiving this year, according to AAA Colorado. But heavy snowfall could complicate travel ahead of the holiday.

“Thanksgiving week is always one of the busiest of the year as it is,” said Matt Inzeo, a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. “This year we've got a couple of added twists to it, and they're in the form of weather.”

Forecasts show four to six inches of snow predicted for Aspen and higher totals along I-70. Vail could receive six to eight inches, and Denver could receive 12-18. Snowfall is expected to start late Monday and continue into midday Tuesday.

CDOT crews were pre-treating roads across the state in anticipation of the storm and plan to continue those efforts as snow falls.

“Mother Nature is certainly in the driver's seat,” Inzeo said. “But there is an important role for the public to play here; that is to avoid the roadways if you can during peak times. Having people off the roads gives us the opportunity to do the work that we need to keep them clear.”


Alex is KUNC's reporter covering the Colorado River Basin. He spent two years at Aspen Public Radio, mainly reporting on the resort economy, the environment and the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, he covered the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery for KDLG in Dillingham, Alaska.