Interstate 70 will close in both directions on Thursday from Frisco to Vail Pass as part of a planned safety closure for winter maintenance operations.

The safety closure between mile markers 180 and 201 will start at 11:00 or 11:30 AM. It is expected to last through the early afternoon, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

As morning flakes fell around the state, road conditions deteriorated and traffic froze along eastbound lanes of I-70 following multiple spin-outs. Here’s a look at the current pass conditions as of 9:40 AM.

Thursday morning conditions on I-70, about 1.2 mi East of Officers Gulch. Photo Credit: CDOT Traffic Camera

Other closures include US 24 between mile markers 149 and 152 remains closed Thursday for avalanche mitigation. CDOT is warning motorists to expect delays.

A full closure will also take effect at 2:00 PM Thursday along US 50 over Monarch Pass (mile marker 99.5 and 205) for avalanche control.

Expect winter driving conditions and active chain and traction laws in place for Thursday as snow continues to fall across parts of the region. According to Joel Gratz of OpenSnow, light powder accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are possible, mainly for the northern mountains.

Check CDOT’s Facebook, Twitter (@coloradodot) or cotrip.org for closures and delays on highways and roads across Colorado.

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