Winter Highway

Leaving North Ranch shortly after 6:30 am, only a few stray snow flakes danced in the headlight beams. A steady snow, occasionally heavy, was spreading southward. On the board, a scheduled appointment on the eastern plains of Colorado.

Having made this kind of drive, in this kind of weather, before, it can be challenging. Winter driving conditions can be poor across open land. A straight road with few grades and curves matter little. The highway, when closed, usually occurs when the conditions are past poor, and the likelihood of becoming stranded are high.

The last status board read, “Winter driving conditions. Poor visibility. Drive with care.”

into the storm: I-70 eastbound from Limon (9:15 am, Jan 28 2019)

Fog and snow blowing across the interstate added to the poor visibility. After a while, other cars and trucks become fewer in these type of conditions.

Driving home wasn’t so bad. The snow had ended in the early afternoon; the roads were clear.

Once home, a light fog was settling over North Ranch. For a change, it was Laurie and Andrea who kept a dinner plate warm for me.


Winter Road

The drive, early Tuesday morning, was a challenge. Though the snow had relented, the wind and cold did not. The last status board, nearly 100 miles behind, warned of hazardous traveling conditions ahead. Yet, the highway remained open and continued travel was at your own risk.

Traffic is negligible on a rural state highway in these type of conditions. It is much less on a rural county road. Accordingly, your awareness of winter conditions is essential.

sunrise on a wintry, rural county road


In these kind of conditions, Eastern Colorado can be rather desolate and resemble a distant landscape much farther north. Except for the color provided by the sunrise, it was largely a black-and-white day with an occasional burst of snow flurries.

In the fading daylight and falling temperatures of late afternoon, the drive home was a bit slower with the icier conditions.


About the photo

This was taken shortly after sunrise on Tuesday morning (Dec 30 2014) on a rural county road off of State Highway 94 in Eastern Colorado. When wintry conditions are present, the handful of other cars and trucks are largely absent from the road. It is quite rural and open country.