Eastbound Interstate 70 reopens at Vail after several semi trucks stuck in snowy conditions

VAIL, Colo. - A snowstorm is hammering the high country, causing some semis to become stuck in snowy conditions on Interstate 70.

Eastbound Interstate 70 was closed east of Vail at 7 a.m. Thursday because eight or nine big rigs were stuck in the snow trying to get up Vail Pass.

"Vail Pass closed EB. Exit before Main Vail if East Vail is not your destination. Drive safely!" the Vail Police Department tweeted at  7:11 a.m.

During the closure, there was a huge backup on I-70, said 7NEWS photographer Cory Repenheggen.

Vail Pass reopened at 8:45 a.m. but traffic was still moving very slowly, Vail police said.

Then eastbound I-70 closed through Glenwood Canyon because of multiple disabled semis, the Colorado Department of Transportation said at 8:55 a.m. It reopened about 30 minutes later after the semis were cleared.

Conditions are forecast to get worse during the day. The mountains are expected to see between 2-3 feet of snow by the time the system moves out Friday afternoon, according to our 24/7 Weather Center.

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