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Road Crews Work To Keep Snow At Bay For Evening & Morning Commute

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Given the history of weather in Denver on Thanksgiving, residents can expect temperatures to run the gamut. Traffic, if there's foul weather, can be snarled. (credit: CBS)

Given the history of weather in Denver on Thanksgiving, residents can expect temperatures to run the gamut. Traffic, if there’s foul weather, can be snarled. (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4)- Road crews with Denver Public Works were working non-stop to clear snow from the major roadways on Wednesday and overnight.

A total of 70 snowplows, the entire fleet with Denver Public Works, were out on Denver metro streets since midnight. Plow drivers were working 12-hour shifts.

They were working to clear 600 miles of paved roadways during the day. Road crews were concentrating on high-traffic areas, those paved streets with stripes.

“In a snow like this, where we’re expecting three to six inches. In snows where we get more, we will hit those residential streets but today you won’t see us on those streets,” said Denver Public Works spokeswoman Emily Williams.

Road crews were not focusing on any specific trouble spots and the morning commute was mostly slower than normal without any major accidents.

“We pay special attention to elevated surfaces like bridges or areas that we know will be shaded so we know those will ice over faster. Today we don’t have a lot of sun but hopefully tomorrow we will so we want to make sure that we pay special attention to those areas,” said Williams.

All lanes of Interstate 70 from Aurora to Burlington were closed Wednesday afternoon because of adverse winter driving conditions.

The bitter cold will be the big concern as crews make preparations for the morning rush hour on Thursday.

“We pay special attention to elevated surfaces like bridges or areas that we know will be shaded, so we know those will ice over faster,” Williams said. “Today we don’t have a lot of sun, but hopefully tomorrow we will, so we want to make sure that we pay special attention to those areas.”

At Denver International Airport there were minimal delays from deicing operations. There were a total of 47 commuter/regional flights cancelled by Skywest.

More than 1,800 flights were scheduled to fly in and out of DIA on Wednesday. Travelers were advised to check their flight status with their airline.

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