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Great ski conditions, holiday weekend lead to crowded mountain highways

DENVER -- If you thought you were done commuting for the week, guess again. Delays on Interstate 70 heading into the mountains from Denver were long Saturday morning.

Traffic jams on westbound I-70 started easing late Saturday morning.

For skiers and snowboarders, the long slow drive was started Friday night. It was predicted to happen again Monday afternoon.

Fresh powder and the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend are the key ingredients for a busy weekend in the mountains.

With more snow and possibly more avalanche mitigation for sections of I-70, the Colorado Department of Transportation is warning travelers of delays.

For the return home Monday, CDOT is reminding drivers of the eastbound Mountain Express Lane from Empire to Idaho Springs.

The express lane will open at 9 a.m. Monday. The toll rates for those without a transponder range from $4 to $6 with a maximum rate of $8.