Heavy traffic, bad weather expected along I-70 mountain corridor

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A truck drives in snow on Interstate 70 in the mountains in 2017. Photo: Colorado State Patrol

DENVER — If you’re traveling in the mountains this weekend, the Colorado Department of Transportation recommends you leave early and be prepared for inclement weather.

CDOT suggests that if you’re driving on Interstate 70 eastbound Saturday or Sunday, you should leave the mountains before noon or after 7 p.m. to avoid the rush. Travelers from the Front Range should also get an early start: westbound traffic was already heavy Saturday morning between Genesee and the Eisenhower Tunnel.

A winter storm was expected to arrive along the I-70 mountain corridor Sunday, with several inches of snow possible beginning in the morning and lasting throughout the day. CDOT says drivers in Eagle and Summit counties could encounter long delays due to heavy traffic and icy and snow-packed roads. Travelers could also encounter safety closures due to weather and road conditions.

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