DENVER (AP) – Snowplows came out Wednesday for the first significant mountain snow in Colorado that was expected to bring up to 10 inches of snow in higher elevations before it’s over.
Most of the snow fell in the central mountains, National Weather Service forecaster Treste Huse said. Estes Park, Kenosha Pass and Nederland west of Boulder all got a taste of winter from the slow-moving storm.
There have been no major road closures, but some icy roads have been reported, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.
A total of 14 snow plows cleared roads in the mountains, and authorities are gearing up to conduct tire checks along highways and in parking lots to make sure people comply with laws requiring snow tires or chains, Transportation Department spokeswoman Amy Ford said. Violators who spin out because of bad tires can be fined $650, after they get pulled out of the snow. Cameras are being added to the sides of snowplows to catch drivers causing problems on the highways.
The Department of Transportation also has another problem this year.
“We need snowplow drivers,” Ford said. “We’re looking to add drivers.”
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