Mountain storm causes multiple closures on Interstate 70

A snowstorm in the mountains has caused closures on both sides of I-70.

Westbound I-70 closed at Empire Junction, mile marker 232, because of bad weather, according to a tweet from CDOT.

Eastbound I-70 is closed at Silverthorne, mile marker 205, because of multiple spin outs. There is no estimated time for reopening and officials warn of "extended closures."

Eastbound I-70 is also closed at Vail Pass, mile marker 184, again because of multiple spin outs.

The closures lasted for several hours. The highway was open and traffic was moving again by about 9 p.m.

This weekend, the heaviest snow in the mountains will be above 9,000 feet with 4-12 inches falling and a few localized pockets up to 20 inches such as on the Flat Tops and West Elks near Snowmass and Aspen.

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