Skiers rejoiced as Friday’s winter storm brought snowfall, while I-70 drivers felt winter’s wrath. As snow totals piled up, road closures and poor driving conditions results in wrecks and traffic across Colorado’s high country.

Colorado’s Department of Transportation issued a reminder about the Colorado traction laws via twitter on Friday at 4:50 PM as conditions on the roads started to worsen. Shortly after that, it was announced that eastbound I-70 was closed at Vail Pass due to numerous vehicles spinning out. This announcement came via twitter at 5 PM and was soon followed by another tweet at 5:05 PM that westbound lanes at Empire Junction were closed due to adverse conditions. This statement also warned drivers to “expect extended closure.” At 5:25 PM, another announcement was made stating that eastbound I-70 was closed at mile-marker 205 in Silverthorne, again citing vehicle spin-outs as the reason. During this announcement, they once again made it clear that an estimated time of reopening was unknown.

The road closures didn’t stop there, as at 6:15 PM another announcement was made regarding road closures on westbound I-70 at Copper Mountain due to adverse driving conditions. Throughout the night, several other roads were closed around the state.

Currently, all roads to ski country have been reopened with the exception of high-altitude Loveland Pass as of 12:08 PM on Saturday, as well as Independence Pass, which has officially been closed for the winter season. To check on up-to-date closure reports, visit CDOT’s website. OutThere Colorado’s also recommends following CDOT on Twitter for up-to-date traffic reports.

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