CDOT ready to combat wintry conditions on the roads

DENVER -- The Colorado Department of Transportation is assuring Colorado residents that it is ready to combat the first snowfall of the season that is expected to hit Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Crews started rotating 12-hour shifts and will work around the clock until the snow ends and roads return to normal, CDOT said.

Officials warned drivers to take heed of winter driving warnings and equip vehicles with sturdy snow tires.

CDOT advises drivers insert a quarter into the tire tread upside down, with Washington’s head going in first.

If the top of the head is covered by the tread, then tires are OK. If the top of the head is visible at any point, officials stress new tires are needed.

CDOT also encourages drivers to stay off the roads as much as possible and steer clear of snowplows.