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'Whiteout' conditions prompt closures on mountain highways: Live updates for Dec. 23, 2017

Posted at 10:50 AM, Dec 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-23 22:13:40-05

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7:55 p.m.: A shelter for stranded drivers is now open in Vail at City Hall, 75 S. Frontage Rd. W. The shelter is free of charge and pets are allowed.

7:54 p.m.: Highway 6 is closed between I-70 and Highway 58, per CSP.

7:52 p.m.: Expect snow to continue in the mountains and in the Denver metro through the night:

7:28 p.m.: CDOT says I-70 is closed in both directions between Silverthorne and Golden.

7:21 p.m.: The latest from CDOT:

7:07 p.m.: CSP now reporting westbound I-70 is closed at Golden; closure extends all the way to Vail.

7:00 p.m.: CDOT is reporting widespread closures in the mountains. Westbound I-70 is closed between Empire Junction and Vail; eastound I-70 is closed between Vail Pass and mile marker 205. In addition, Loveland Pass on U.S. 6 is closed, as is Berthoud Pass on on U.S. 40.

4:18 p.m.: These are the current closures on eastbound I-70, per the Colorado State Patrol - Eagle subdivision: 

4:10 p.m.: Eastbound I-70 at Vail is closed because of icy conditions and multiple slide-offs, per CDOT. 


3:07 p.m.: Westbound I-70 will be closed at Empire Junction (mile post 232) for an extended period of time, per CSP Golden. Authorities are advising travelers to delay their travel to Colorado's ski country. 

2:01 p.m.: The Colorado State Patrol - Golden division is reporting "multiple" crashes on I-70 between Georgetown and the Eisenhower Tunnel. A safety closure is being implemented and all vehicles are being asked to exit at Empire Junction. 

1:56 p.m.: I-70 westbound is closed at Empire Junction (mile marker 232) because of road conditions and heavy traffic, CDOT says.

1:55 p.m.: A crash at northbound I-25 near 136th Avenue has been cleaned-up, but back-up remains until 104th Avenue, according to CDOT. 

1:00 p.m.: Northbound I-25 closed at 136th Avenue because of a crash, CDOT says. There is no estimated time for the reopening of the highway. Alternate routes are advised. 

12:37 p.m.: Vail Pass is back open following safety closure due to spun out vehicles, per the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. 

11:46 a.m.: Eastbound I-70 at mile marker 180 (east Vail) is under a safety closure due to spun out vehicles on Vail Pass, CDOT says. 

11:44 a.m.: Eastbound I-70 at Silverthorne is under a safety closure due to multiple spun vehicles on the road. Expect delays, says CDOT. 

11:20 a.m.: US 6 Loveland Pass is closed because of adverse conditions, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. 

4:33 a.m.: A vehicle involved in a hit-and-run in Thornton has been found after a four-hour search overnight, police say. A pedestrian suffered serious injuries.