Foothills face a double weather whammy: snow and flooding

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DENVER -- Some areas in the foothills are dealing with a double whammy:  the threat of flooding and snow.

CDOT shut down I-70 between the Eisenhower Tunnel and Silverthorne due to multiple crashes on Saturday afternoon.  The interstate is back open.

CDOT recommends four wheel drive, snow tires or chains on all vehicles headed to the high country.

"It got very icy and very slick," said John Nelson.  Nelson was stuck in the backup.  "There were a number of accidents.  Two tractor trailers had jackknifed."

In Idaho Springs, a road near the interstate is now a stream.  Runoff from I-70 is flowing into the neighborhood.

"I've never seen it quite like this and I'm hoping it doesn't get much worse," said Fred English, an Idaho Springs resident.

In Evergreen, Bear Creek is rushing down hill.

"Hopefully it is snow because you have to think that will melt slower because if it comes down as rain it could be devastating.  The ground is already saturated," said John Hax, a Jefferson County resident.

Parts of the foothills remain under a flood watch and a winter storm warning.