Road systems across Colorado’s high country are closed tonight due to extreme weather conditions.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s website, due to snow and wind Interstate 70 is closed between Idaho Springs and Vail, U.S. 6 is closed over Loveland Pass and U.S. 40 is closed over Berthoud Pass and between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling.
Just north of Fort Collins, U.S. 287 is closed both north and southbound between Colorado Road 14 at Ted’s Place and the Wyoming border as a result of high winds and snowy conditions in Wyoming, said Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Mindy Crane.
A winter storm warning is in effect for much of the high country until 3 a.m. Wednesday, with meteorologists predicting up to a foot of snow and snow-fall rates up to 3 inches an hour in some areas of the mountains.
“Dude, the powder is falling like it’s getting paid,” said Vail resident Matt Minich.
The weather outlook for Fort Collins is much milder, according to the National Weather Service website, with rain and snow likely before 10 p.m, turning to snow until 2 a.m. Wednesday. Total accumulation is expected to be about an inch.
CDOT’s projections show the system moving out of northern Colorado between midnight and 3 a.m., with high winds until about 7 a.m.
CDOT hopes to re-open the to Wyoming stretch in the overnight hours, but said all actions are conditional to the winds.
“High winds tend to be a problem out in that direction,” Crane said.
The maintenance supervisor for that area of road will continue to watch the system and updates will be shown on http://www.cotrip.org.
Editors note: Matt Minich is a former Collegian editor.
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