NORTHWEST COLORADO — Maintenance crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are now on 12 hour snow shifts. Patrols are currently focused throughout the region as snowfall is expected to continue through Sunday. Several closures on the I-70 corridor have already occurred today due to the adverse weather conditions including snow packed and icy roads and blowing snow.
Mountain passes such as Vail Pass (I-70 corridor) and Straight Creek (I-70 corridor Silverthorne to the Eisenhower tunnel) are expected to receive roughly 10 inches of snow throughout the weekend. McClure Pass (SH 133) could see around 8 inches of new snow. The area surrounding the Grand Mesa (SH 65) is expected to receive around 6 inches of snow and Grand Junction could get about 2 to 4 inches.
Throughout the region, icy conditions should be expected due to freezing temperatures and travelers should plan for winter driving conditions. Motorists are advised that bridges, overpasses and ramps will freeze first and should remember “Ice and Snow, Take It Slow.”
Motorists can call 511 or visit www.cotrip.org for current road condition information across the state. To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Information about weekly lane closures will be available atwww.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html.