DENVER (CBS4) – Drivers fought slick and snowy roads again Tuesday night as traffic jams and multiple wrecks snarled metro area roads amid plummeting temperatures.

Bad weather may have caused a deadly accident that killed a 70-year-old woman near Red Rocks in Jefferson County.

The victim was in her own lane, the Colorado State Patrol said, when an oncoming vehicle slid into her lane and struck her Subaru head-on.

The other car rolled down a hill. Four others were hospitalized.

Denver set a record Tuesday for the lowest high temperature for Nov. 11 at just 16 degrees. That broke the old mark of 19 degrees set in 1916. It will be even colder on Wednesday with a high around 9 degrees.

Snow is expected to fall off and on through Thursday when some sunshine may peek through into the metro area. But there is a winter storm watch for portions of the northern and central mountains through noon Friday. Five to 10 inches of snow are expected.

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Across the metro area, cars ended up in ditches and collided with other vehicles in fender benders.

“It’s pretty crazy tonight. It’s that first major snowstorm of the year, and everybody’s forgotten how to drive in the snow,” motorist T.J. Cole said.

The state patrol advised drivers to slow down and take their time getting to their destinations.


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