10:22 pm - Sunday September 24, 2017

Storm Update: Sunday March 10

Sunday 4:10 p.m.
All lanes of eastbound and westbound I-70 between Airpark and Kansas are now open. The only closure that remains in place is SH 86 between Kiowa and I-70. CDOT crews continue to cut through 4-foot drifts, but will hopefully reopen the highway this evening.
Sunday 12:05 p.m.
Whiteout conditions and multiple accidents have prompted the closure of eastbound and westbound I-70 between Airpark and Kansas. In addition, we are seeing heavy traffic on both eastbound and westbound I-70 from Silverthorne to Denver. Motorists should plan for additional travel time this afternoon returning to Denver. Below is a list of the current highway closures:
  • I-70 between Airpark and Kansas
  • SH 86 is closed between Kiowa and I-70- Will likely remain closed for a good portion of the day. There are 4-foot drifts across the entire highway
  • SH 96 between US 287 and the Kansas border
  • SH 71 between Ordway and Punkin Center
Sunday 7:37 a.m.
The road conditions across the state have improved greatly overnight with mainly wet or dry roads with some icy spots across the Front Range. In the high country, roads are icy and snow packed in spots and wet and slushy in others. Finally, on the eastern plains, conditions are improving, but high winds are still creating blowing and drifting snow. The good news is that I-70 is now completely open in both directions from Airpark to Kansas. Westbound I-70 fully reopened around midnight and eastbound I-70 just reopened around 7:30 a.m. Due to the blowing and drifting snow, several highway closures remain in place:
  • SH 86 is closed between Kiowa and I-70- Will likely remain closed for a good portion of the day. There are 4-foot drifts across the entire highway
  • SH 94 between Ellicott and Rush (milepost 17-33)
  • SH 96 between US 287 and the Kansas border
  • US 6 over Loveland Pass
  • Northbound I-25 near Fountains is closed due to an accident

Saturday 10:15 p.m. 

CDOT crews remain on snow shift throughout most of the Front Range as well as the eastern plains and the I-70 west corridor. Highways along the Front Range, including the Denver metro area are wet, but icy spots are possible, especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps. While roads are mainly wet, motorists should keep speeds down as icy spots do exist.
Crews on the eastern plains are still battling high winds and poor visibility. As a result, numerous highway closures remain in place. However, westbound I-70 between Limon and Denver just reopened. Blizzard conditions still exist east of Limon, which is why the remainder of westbound I-70 remains closed. Eastbound I-70 remains closed at Airpark due to the blizzard conditions east of Limon and the fact that we do not want motorists stranded in Limon with no accommodations.

  • Eastbound I-70 between Airpark and Burlington
  • Westbound I-70 between Burlington and Limon
  • US 24 between Limon and Calhan
  • US 40 between Limon and Kansas
  • US 287 between Eads and Kit Carson
  • Northbound SH 71 between Limon and Brush
  • SH 71 between Ordway and Punkin Center
  • US 385 between Burlington and Idalia at US 36
  • SH 86 is closed between Kiowa and I-70
  • SH 94 between Ellicott and Rush (milepost 17-33)

Saturday 4:04 p.m.

Here is another update on the closures. Travel to the eastern plains is strongly discouraged.

  • Eastbound/Westbound I-70 between Airpark and Burlington
  • US 24 between Limon and Calhan
  • US 40 between Limon and Kit Carson
  • Northbound SH 71 between Limon and Brush
  • US 385 between Burlington and Idalia at US 36
  • SH 86 is closed between Kiowa and Limon
  • Westbound I-70 at Mt. Vernon Canyon due to multiple accidents
Most highways along the Front Range are wet, but as temperatures drop, icy spots are possible, especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps.

Saturday 2:12 p.m.

Here is an updated list of the closures as more have been added:

  • Eastbound/Westbound I-70 between Airpark and Burlington
  • Westbound US 24 between Limon and Colorado Springs
  • US 40 between Limon and Kit Carson
  • NB SH 71 between Limon and Brush
  • Westbound I-70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel- traffic being detoured to US 6 over Loveland Pass

 

Saturday 1:57 p.m.

One correction- I-70 is closed in both directions between Airpark and Burlington

 

Saturday 1:53 p.m.

Closures on Eastern Plains

Conditions are rapidly deteriorating in many areas of the state. CDOT crews remain on snow shift but high winds and poor visibility are making it challenging for both the plow drivers and motorists. Travel on the eastern plains is not advised at this time. Highways in Denver and the rest of the front range are slushy and icy and snow packed in spots. The following closures are in place:

  • Eastbound/Westbound I-70 between Airpark and Limon
  • Westbound US 24 between Limon and Colorado Springs
  • Westbound I-70 at the Eisenhower Tunnel

Saturday 8:15 a.m.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews are on snow shift across the majority of the state. The storm has moved into northern Colorado as well as the Denver metro area and snow continues to fall in the high country. We are seeing some icy/snow packed conditions in the high country and the western and northern sections of the Denver area. In the rest of the Denver area, roads are still mainly wet. The storm has not hit the southeastern portion of the state or the central plains, but snow is expected to begin in those areas this morning. Throughout the storm, CDOT will remain on snow shift until the roads are clear of snow and ice. There are approximately 75 plows in the Denver metro area and close to 340 across the entire front range (including the Denver metro area) and the eastern plains. Another 30 snow plows are working the I-70 corridor between C-470 and Vail.  Crews are applying solid and liquid de-icer as needed.

Friday 3:30 p.m.
Currently, the only highway closure is US 36 north of Boulder, which is closed due to an accident. Numerous chain laws are also in place in the high country for commercial vehicle drivers.
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews are prepared for the upcoming snow storm. Below is is an update for the various areas of the state.
Denver: Crews are not yet on snow shift as CDOT does not pre-treat highways in advance of a storm. According to the current forecast, rain will change over to snow in the Denver metro area around 12:30-1 a.m. Road temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for much of the storm.  As a result, CDOT will go on partial snow shift at midnight with approximately 30 plows. At 5 a.m., we will go on full snow shift with 75 plows. Crews will then remain on snow shift, 12-hour shifts, until the roads are clear of snow and ice. Crews will be applying both solid and liquid de-icer as needed.
Front Range/Eastern Plains: Much like the Denver metro area, the remainder of the Front Range and eastern plains is expecting to see snow in the early morning hours. Most areas are going on snow shift at 5 a.m. tomorrow with some areas of the eastern plains starting at 8 a.m. In north/northeast Colorado, there will be approximately 100 snow plows working during the storm. In south/southeast Colorado including Castle Rock and Monument, there will be approximately 160 snow plows. Crews will be applying both solid and liquid de-icer as needed.
 
I-70 Corridor and Foothills: Crews are currently on snow shift with about 30 plows on the I-70 corridor between C-470 and Vail Pass and are applying both solid and liquid de-icer as needed.
Throughout the day, heavy snow, high winds and poor visibility are possible and motorists are strongly encouraged to call 511 or visit www.cotrip.org for current road condition information. You can also download CDOT mobile for the I-25 and I-70 corridors by texting CDOT to 25827 or downloading CDOT Mobile from your app store.

“Ice and Snow, Take It Slow.”

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