The Colorado Department of Transportation is preparing for snow predicted to move across southern Colorado.
CSOT says it plans to start crews on show shifts in the Colorado Springs and pueblo areas beginning at 6:00 PM Christmas Eve.
The following information was provided by CDOT:
Snow shift denotes alternating crews on a 12-hour on/12-hour off shift. Drivers should be prepared for winter driving conditions throughout southeastern Colorado beginning tonight and continuing through about mid-day Christmas, when the snow is expected to move out of the state. However, CDOT crews will remain on snow-shift until all highways have been safely cleared following the storm.
COLORADO SPRINGS MAINTENANCE AREA will go on snow-shift at 6 p.m. Thirty to 35 plows will be working the roadways of El Paso and Teller counties and small segments of Douglas and Park counties. One to four inches expected in the city and surrounding areas, with six to eight inches possible west and north of the Springs. If a chain law is activated for Monument Hill, the chain stations at Monument and Larkspur will be opened for trucks.
PUEBLO MAINTENANCE AREA will go on snow-shift at 6 p.m. Thirty to 35 plows will be working the roadways of Pueblo, Fremont and Custer counties and small segments of El Paso, Huerfano and Park counties. One to four inches expected, with three to seven inches possible west of Pueblo - Wet Mountains and Wet Mountain Valley areas.
LA JUNTA MAINTENANCE AREA will go on snow-shift at 10 p.m. as the storm is expected to move east tonight. Fifteen to 20 plows will be working the roadways of Crowley, Otero and Bent counties, and segments of Las Animas, Pueblo and Kiowa counties. Three to five inches of snow expected.
TRINIDAD MAINTENANCE AREA will go on snow-shift at about 8 p.m. Fifteen to 20 plow trucks will be covering Las Animas and Huerfano counties, and a small segment of Pueblo County. One to four inches expected, with higher amounts possible on U.S. 160 over La Veta Pass and on the State Highway 12 corridor west of Trinidad and southwest of Walsenburg.
LAMAR MAINTENANCE AREA goes on snow-shift at 11 p.m. Fifteen to 20 plow trucks will cover Prowers, Baca and Kiowa counties, and a small segment of Bent County. One to four inches expected to fall.
Drivers should be prepared for possible slick conditions, especially on bridges, overpasses and interchange ramps throughout southeastern Colorado. In addition, windy conditions are expected so blowing and drifting snow is possible, reducing visibility, especially at the lower elevations.