I-70 eastbound closure: Safety concerns from snow closes road near Vail

Snowfall in the mountains is causing some traffic concerns on Interstate 70 and several other highways.

The Wednesday morning snow in the mountains is only the first round of snow forecast for Wednesday, as a second round will move into the area Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The eastbound side of the interstate was closed between the East Vail exit (exit 180) and the Vail Pass Summit exit (exit 190) for a couple hours due to safety concerns, but reopened about 7:50 a.m..

Passenger vehicle traction law and commercial vehicle chain law has been implemented in several areas: Interstate 70 from Vail to Loveland Pass, U.S. 6 from Montezuma Road to Interstate 70 near Keystone, U.S. 285 from Fairplay to Grant, U.S. 24 between Gilman and Leadville, Colo. 133 near Marble and Colo. 91 from Leadville to Interstate 70, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Several road closures are also being reported on the DOT’s trip planner website.

The DOT advised drivers to use caution and driver slowly in some of these areas.

Overall, four to eight inches could fall in some mountain areas above 9,000 feet. A winter weather advisory will be be in effect for those high altitude areas from Wednesday at 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday.

Wednesday’s high in the area will be 38 degrees, and the low is 16 degrees. Thursday will be even colder, with a high of 34 degrees and a single-digit low of 6 degrees.

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