Dropping temperatures turn roads icy in metro Denver, caution urged


Traffic along U.S. 285 near Conifer.

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AURORA, Colo. -- The snow was ending Friday night into Saturday in metro Denver, but temperatures were dropping at the same time.

Roads were turning icy in places and everyone who needed to drive was urged to go with caution.

The city of Aurora went on accident alert Friday evening as a wet snow storm caused traffic problems across the metro area.

Accident alerts mean police will only respond to crashes with injuries, hit-and-run crashes, crashes were the vehicles need a tow truck, accidents involving drugs or alcohol and crashes were drivers have no insurance.

Drivers in minor crashes should exchange information and call police later on.

Friday's snow storm caused long delays along Interstate 25 through the metro area.

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CDOT said Friday that crews along the Front Range are on full snow shift. In the metro area, over 100 snow plows were on the roads.

"The recent warm temperatures and fast dropping current temperatures accompanied by thick, wet snow is likely to create icy conditions on many roadways for the evening commute and through the night," CDOT said in a statement. "Motorists are encouraged to drive according to conditions and to expect black ice conditions on roadways. Evening commuters are encouraged to allow for extra time."

In the high country, roads were slick and Interstate 70 was closed at parts.

On U.S. 40, CDOT said an avalanche closed the road at Berthoud Pass. It finally reopened late Friday night.

One person was killed in a crash involving multiple vehicles on U.S. 285 near Windy Point.

Skiers and riders planning to head to the mountains this weekend can expect slow going as well, CDOT said.

The storm is expected to finish Saturday. Expect slick roads in places Saturday morning. Temperatures will stay in the 40s Saturday before heading into the 60s on Sunday.

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