Salty brine will hit metro high­ways Fri­day af­ter­noon

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Max Siegel­baum

For even the most weath­ered driv­ers, any amount of snow can pose a chal­lenge.

In an ef­fort to pre­vent un­safe driv­ing con­di­tions be­fore they emerge, CDOT will be­gin spray­ing an an­ti­ic­ing so­lu­tion on ma­jor thor­ough­fares through­out metro Denver on Fri­day af­ter­noon a few hours be­fore the flakes fly.

Trucks will coat the as­phalt in a rock salt and wa­ter brine de­signed to re­pel the light snow fore­cast to be­gin in the evening, and to make it eas­ier for plows to clear the roads.

This is the first sea­son CDOT is pre­treat­ing metroarea high­ways, although the agency has in past sea­sons used the tech­nique else­where in the state, ac­cord­ing to spokes­woman Sta­cia Sell­ers. CDOT main­tains only ma­jor high­ways, not city streets.

The ur­ban cor­ri­dor in­clud­ing Denver is ex­pected to get hit with 2 to 4 inches of snow Fri­day and Satur­day.

Tem­per­a­tures in Denver were ex­pected to plum­met Fri­day evening, hit­ting a low of mi­nus-3 de­grees with po­ten­tial wind chill mak­ing it feel like mi­nus-23. The po­lar tem­per­a­tures will con­tinue Satur­day, when a high of 6 de­grees and a low of mi­nus-4 is fore­cast. Sun­day will be warmer with a high of 31 de­grees and a low of 21.

A win­ter storm warn­ing is in ef­fect in the north and central moun­tains from 11 p.m. on Thurs­day un­til 11 a.m. on Satur­day, said Kyle Fredin, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist at the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Boul­der. The Rab­bit Ears Pass cor­ri­dor could get up to 2 feet of snow, he said, and ski re­sorts such as Love­land and Vail and the Berthoud Pass back­coun­try could get 12 to 18 inches.

“Re­ally con­sider if you have to be in the high coun­try,” Fredin said. In some places, there could be zero vis­i­bil­ity due to the storm, which com­bined with ex­pected high winds will make for dan­ger­ous driv­ing con­di­tions. If you do have to drive, he said, “plan ahead.”

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