I-70 reopened after weather-related accidents; more rain, snow on the way

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Up to 10 vehicles were involved in an accident on eastbound Interstate 70 near Lookout Mountain on Thursday, April 16, 2015. (Photo: Tammy Vigil)

DENVER — Interstate 70 was reopened in both directions Thursday morning after several accidents related to heavy snowfall from a strong spring storm closed it in several locations, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

Eastbound Interstate 70 was closed in Silver Plume just after 8 a.m. because of several accidents on Georgetown Hill.

Westbound Interstate 70 was closed in Georgetown at the bottom of Georgetown Hill just after 10 a.m. also because of numerous accidents.

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Both directions were reopened about 11:30 a.m. after the accidents were cleared.

Just after 8 a.m., CDOT said U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass was closed because of heavy snow and poor visibility. There was no estimate for when it would reopen.

Farther east, westbound Interstate 70 was closed about 9 a.m. at Floyd Hill because of numerous accidents. It reopened about 11:15 a.m.

Numerous accidents and lane closures involving up to 10 vehicles were also reported on eastbound Interstate 70 near Lookout Mountain.

The Colorado State Patrol said there were numerous accidents on Highway 285 as the snowfall continued to build, making driving conditions treacherous.

Jefferson County was put on accident alert because of inclement weather.

Colorado 119 was closed at the junction with U.S. 6 to Black Hawk because of multiple accidents, the Colorado State Patrol said, urging motorists to avoid the area. The highway was reopened at 11 a.m.