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Warm, dry weather keeps Independence Pass open

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PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — Abnormally warm and dry weather is keeping Independence Pass open beyond the targeted closing date of Nov. 7.

“We will be monitoring for any potential snow events working with our local Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) forecaster as well as information that we get from the National Weather Service to make a decision on when the pass needs to be closed not only for the safety of our CDOT crews but also the traveling public,” said Tim Holbrook, a Colorado Department of Transportation supervisor.

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In the five previous years, the latest the pass closed was Nov. 12, in 2014.

Looking down the road, there are no concrete signs of heavy snow for Independence Pass.  It could potentially stay open through mid-November.