The Colorado State Patrol closed both directions of Interstate 70 from Vail to Silverthorne due to poor conditions Wednesday morning for a brief time and they say to expect rolling closures throughout the day because of the weather.
There are currently no closures on the highway. For the latest information visit Colorado Department of Transportation’s map.
On Wednesday, hurricane-force winds are expected for much of the mountains, with gusts even reaching 80 mph in Denver. A morning snowstorm is also hitting the hills.
It just got real on east side of the tunnel @DenverChannel #cowx pic.twitter.com/XKRddNUkM4
— Nicole Brady (@NicoleDenver7) December 15, 2021
Two early morning snow squall warnings covered an area from Silverthorne and Frisco to Georgetown, Empire, Idaho Springs and Montezuma.
CDOT first reported an I-70 closure just before 7 a.m. CDOT has also issued traction laws for much of the hills, meaning you might have to chain up if you are bracing the rough conditions.
Loveland Pass was also closed.
Officials say not only to avoid driving but to avoid being outside if possible on Wednesday.
A great reason we avoid travel during #snowsqualls. Current pic from just east of Georgetown, and another by the Eisenhower Tunnel! Earlier whiteouts reported with this snow squall. Pull off to the side of the road, or better wait 15-30 minutes for the snow squall to pass. #COwx https://t.co/NX7pyuyyPD pic.twitter.com/PfRtKFzrEz
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) December 15, 2021