Rain, cold mix for slippery commute in Denver | AspenTimes.com

Rain, cold mix for slippery commute in Denver

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Overnight rain and freezing temperatures combined to coat highways west of Denver with a thin layer of ice, leaving a treacherous commute that forced the temporary closure of U.S. 6.

A mile stretch of U.S. 6 was closed for about 1.5 hours during the Monday morning commute because of ice. Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman Joe Tucker says there were numerous accidents west of Interstate 25 on Interstate 70, C470 and U.S. 285.

No serious injuries were immediately reported.

Tucker says the problems began after the storm moved out of the area early Monday and temperatures plummeted after the skies cleared. CDOT crews tried putting sand on the ice to improve traction.

The affected areas were mainly in the metro area.

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