Conditions may still be icy for afternoon commute in Denver

The potent spring sun is making short work of the snow that fell on Denver Sunday night into Monday morning, but this afternoon’s commute could still be treacherous.

“Right now we’ve got temperatures across the metro area in the upper 30s to around 40s,” Greg Hanson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, said Monday afternoon. “We’re expecting, when the commute time starts, those air temperatures to drop. Once the sun goes down, slush and standing water will refreeze.”

That means abiding by standard winter driving rules on the commute home Monday, Hanson said. Slow down, provide ample time and space for breaking.

The March sun is so strong it has managed to clear sidewalks, driveways and other areas despite mostly overcast conditions. But Hanson says with the still-cold air that can be deceptive even before dark.

“That’s the thing with this is you could be driving on a pretty good stretch of dry pavement and then hit an icy spot,” he said.

The Denver area has snow in the forecast nearly every day this week. There is a slight chance of more snow and some rain this afternoon, according to the Weather Service.

The metro area’s best chance for new accumulation will be overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, Hanson said. In the meantime, and overnight lows in the 20s will mean lots of ice for the morning commute Tuesday.

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