Colorado State Patrol is responding to multiple reports of crashes involving tractor-trailers as snow and ice result in dangerous driving conditions in parts of the state.
UPDATE: Westbound lanes have since reopened, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Westbound lanes of I-70 were closed at mile marker 362 on Tuesday morning due to a crash near Limon, which is found east of Denver.
"This is what can happen when you don’t slow down on slick roads," the Colorado State Patrol tweeted. "There are no injuries but one ambulance is out of service."
This is what can happen when you don’t slow down on slick roads. There are no injuries but one ambulance is out of service. Please protect emergency services and yourself by slowing down, buckle up and keep your eyes on the road. I70 MP 356 pic.twitter.com/aNMEgZ8hiH— CSP Limon (@CSP_Limon) December 15, 2020
Snow is continuing to fall, with no estimated time for the interstate to reopen. Multiple semi slide-offs and jackknifed semis are still being recovered in the area, according to officials.
Some areas are expected to see up to 4 inches of snow throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening, including Las Animas, Baca, Otero, Bent, and Prowers counties. Blowing and drifting snow is also expected with winds gusting as high as 45 miles per hour. Visibilities will be limited at times.
Plan on slippery conditions, especially on high elevation roads and mountain passes. The high winds can also be a major hazard for high-profile vehicles.
"Please protect emergency services and yourself by slowing down, buckle up and keep your eyes on the road," added the Colorado State Patrol.
Check CDOT’s Facebook, Twitter (@coloradodot) or cotrip.org for closures and delays on highways and roads across Colorado.