Colorado was hit by a heavy snowstorm Monday evening, which meteorologists believed would create seriously dangerous road conditions.
According to meteorologist Kyle Fredin from the National Weather Service, Denver was expected to get just under a foot of snow before the storm finished. Fredin warned Tuesday morning commuters that "rush hour is going to be tricky." Conditions were expected to be particularly precarious in the morning because ice would be freshly covered by snow and difficult to see.
Snow Resulted in Numerous Flight Delays in Denver
At this point, the snow has caused a third of Denver's flights to cancel and a number of roads to be closed, including a large part of Interstate 70. One business traveler stranded in Aspen said that it was the most snow he has ever seen in the town.
Snow also hit New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming. Experts believe the snow will move up to Iowa as well, and create blizzard conditions. South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and northern Michigan are also expected to get snow. Meanwhile, east of the Mississippi River, the cold front could create strong thunderstorms and tornados in western Kentucky, southwest Indiana, southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.
Commuters and travelers are certainly not happy with the dangerous conditions and delays, but skiers will have something to celebrate, as the slopes are no doubt full of fresh powder. Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts said that they have received record-breaking amounts of snow.
Take Care Driving in Snowy Conditions
Drivers need to be careful not to get in accidents when dangerous winter conditions present themselves. That means: Drive slower, drive more attentively, give other vehicles a lot of space, watch the news for updates and do not drive in blizzard or whiteout conditions. Drivers should also keep in mind that if they cause a car accident and injuries because they failed to drive carefully -- in a way that reflects the road and weather conditions -- they can be held liable for the damages and injuries they cause.
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