Slick conditions force CDOT to close parts of I-70 in the mountains

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SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (KDVR) – A mountain snowstorm is causing treacherous driving conditions along Interstate 70.

CDOT has been periodically closing the interstate at different sections, citing safety concerns for drivers.

Current I-70 closures

  • I-70 westbound is closed at Vail Pass. There is a multi-vehicle crash.
  • I-70 eastbound is closed at Silverthorne. CDOT said several vehicles are sliding off the road.
  • I-70 westbound is closed at the Hanging Lake exit due to a rock slide.

Earlier I-70 closures

  • I-70 westbound was shut down around 9:50 a.m. between the Copper Mountain and Vail Pass Summit exits. CDOT reopened the road at about 10:45 a.m.
  • I-70 eastbound was briefly closed the Silverthorne and Loveland Pass exits as drivers were sliding off the road. CDOT closed the interstate at about 8:35 a.m. and opened it back up just before 9 a.m.

The snow is causing issues elsewhere in the high country. Authorities closed U.S. 50 in both directions Friday morning after an avalanche shut down the highway west of Salida.

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