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Colorado Springs, southern Colorado prepare for another round of snow


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Just about a week after Colorado Springs finally received a significant blast of winter, the city prepared for another round of snow Wednesday night.

Up to five inches of snow could start building up fast in the Springs, according to the KRDO StormTracker 13 weather team. So we checked in on road crews and what preparations are being made to keep commuters flowing smoothly through the evening and into Thursday morning.

Crews with El Paso County and the Colorado Department of Transportation said that drivers going home Wednesday evening and back to work Thursday morning should be particularly careful on Monument Hill, through the Interstate 25 "Gap" project and on U.S. 24 through Ute Pass and into Teller County.

"We actually got a break this morning because we didn't get freezing drizzle that we were expecting," said CDOT supervisor Brad Bauer.

The county and CDOT have pretreated roads with salt brine to make ice less likely to bond to the pavement and make plowing easier.

"We're expecting more ice with this storm because the snow will be heavier and wetter," said Kevin Mastin, the county's deputy director of public works. "We also want to point out that people tend to expect entire road surfaces to be sanded and salted after plowing. We don't have the resources to do that. So we focus on intersections, curves, hills and other icy spots."

Meanwhile, city crews pretreated streets with magnesium chloride, a liquid salt chemical, to prepare for the storm.

The city listed Academy Boulevard, the Fillmore Street hill, Platte Avenue and Woodmen Road as potential areas of concern.

Some regions of southern Colorado could receive up to seven inches of snowfall overnight.

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Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.

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