Winter storm draws warning from CDOT

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Heavy snows could snarl traffic in northern El Paso County April 10 and 11. - SHYN DARKLY/FLICKR
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  • Heavy snows could snarl traffic in northern El Paso County April 10 and 11.
El Paso County will close its offices at 2 p.m. April 10 due to the incoming storm, according to a news release.

All El Paso County government offices will close Wednesday, April 10 at 2 p.m. due to inclement weather. The closure applies to non-mission essential personnel.

The closure includes all El Paso County administrative and elected offices and affiliated agencies, including El Paso County Public Health, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, CSU Extension, El Paso County Public Trustee, the offices of the 4th Judicial District Attorney and El Paso County Combined Courts.
City offices also were to close at 2 p.m.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit announced that beginning at 6:15 p.m. all buses will go to the end of their route and then return to the transit facility.

The Colorado Department of Transportation also is urging people to be smart about subjecting themselves to the dangers of the storm and issued this notice:



The Colorado Department of Transportation is strongly recommending that people head home as early as possible today due to the severity and strength of the current storm, and the high potential for major road closures, including to Interstates 25, 70 and 76.

Blizzard conditions are forecast along the entire Front Range, Eastern Plains and the northeastern part of the state, reducing site distances to near zero visibility and highly increasing the probability of crashes. With the potential for these conditions, CDOT will proactively close highways for the safety of the traveling public.

WHAT MOTORIST NEED TO KNOW
• IF POSSIBLE - Avoid driving during the storm.
• Again, if possible, leave early to avoid commuting through the storm this afternoon and evening.
• If you are out, take it SLOW, leave plenty of room behind the plows and the vehicles ahead and make sure you have appropriate winter tires with good tread for the snow.
• Be prepared with an emergency kit, including water, food, blankets, extra clothing, etc.
• Know before you go by checking cotrip.org, Facebook, and Twitter
CDOT’s Winter Driving web page provides tips and other information at:
http://www.coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving

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