Colorado road conditions: Tuesday commute tough as storm makes road slick, snow packed

Plows are out around Colorado as crews work to clear snow from roadways, but officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation warn if you can work from home, you should. Driving conditions have already become dangerous Tuesday morning.

Crashes continue to add up across the metro area, and if you must drive, consider preparing your vehicle.

Aurora, Fort Collins and Wheat Ridge are on accident alert. Meanwhile, chain laws are in place for passenger vehicles on Hosier, Loveland and Vail passes. Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 285 have significant portions with traction laws in place; check out cotrip.org and be prepared to chain up if you are driving in the mountains. Over 100 CDOT plows and over 30 Denver city plows are treating the streets.

The most challenging drive of the day may be out east towards Kansas, where whiteout conditions and snow-packed roads will make I-70 a nightmare.

On Interstate 25, two crashes a mile apart have shut down two lanes of southbound traffic near Hampden Avenue. The incidents were first reported before 6 a.m. Two lanes are still closed near University Boulevard.

Interstate 225 is especially slow near Parker Road because of a few minor crashes. The right lane is closed near Iliff Avenue.

Due to an early rollover crash, lanes were closed on westbound Interstate 76 near 136th Avenue in Brighton. Out near Sterling, between Mile 134 and 126, I-76 is due to a vehicle fire.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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