Winter Storm Snarls Mountain Traffic

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Traffic on parts of Interstate 70 in the mountains is at a crawl due to heavy snow from a powerful winter storm.
The state Transportation Department had closed Loveland Pass, but later reopened it. Chain restrictions are in place for commercial vehicles on Vail Pass and the approaches to the Eisenhower Tunnel.
There's a snow and blowing snow advisory in place for large areas of the central mountains, and the National Weather Service is predicting up to 12 inches of new snow at higher elevations.
Eric Escudero of the Transportation Department spokesman says there have been numerous incidents of cars and trucks spinning out on Georgetown Hill and Vail Pass.
Near Denver, gusts up to 75 miles per hour were recorded. The wind downed one tree into a home and one into a pickup truck at another home.
In Colorado Springs, gusts up to 50 miles per hour were recorded.

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