DENVER (CBS4)– Snowplows are deicers are out on the roadways around Colorado as temperatures dipped into the single digits. The below-freezing temperatures c combined with the snow on Christmas day made for some tricky holiday travel.

“We’ve been heavily hit obviously in Southwest Colorado, Grand Junction and the high country,” said Colorado Department of Transportation Director of Communications Amy Ford.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

CDOT crews have been working around the clock to clear roads since the snow started to fall.

“What we deal with when we deal with this cold is traction,” said Ford.

This weekend is also proving to be a good test for the new express lane on Interstate 70 through the mountain corridor. CDOT expects numbers to push the tolls higher than they’ve ever been since the extra lane debuted last weekend.

I-70 Mountain Express Lane (credit: CBS)

I-70 Mountain Express Lane (credit: CBS)

“This will be a great test for us, we had much less volumet last weekend,” said Ford.

While Express Lane drivers could pay anywhere from $3 to $30 along the extra lane, Ford urges all drivers to check their tires before driving in winter conditions.

“Traction laws are in place right now because we don’t have active snow but the better tires you have and the equipment, the better prepared you are to drive in the corridor,” said Ford.

Even as plows continue to clear the roads, the snow is expected to stick around with the bitter cold temperatures.

“Expect to see us out for at least the next two days or so,” said Ford.


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