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Mountain snow causes closures, traffic problems on I-70

Posted at 6:41 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-18 01:37:11-05

DENVER – A winter storm dumping several inches of snow in the high country has prompted multiple closures, making for a difficult commute on Interstate 70 Friday evening.

Reports of closures up and down the mountain corridor began pouring in around 5 p.m. as spun-out vehicles littered both shoulders of I-70.

The Colorado Department of Transportation had eastbound lanes at Silverthorne, both directions on Vail Pass, Empire Junction, Georgetown and eastbound Dotsero listed as closed on its website as of 6:30 p.m. There was no estimated time on when the closures would be lifted.

A traction law is also in effect for those traveling to the mountains. Passenger vehicles are required to have snow or mud/snow tires, use chains/alternative traction devices, or be a 4WD/AWD vehicle.

The storm could bring 8 to 16 inches of snow to elevations above 10,000 feet by tonight.