Avalanche closes I-70, causes additional problems in the high country

Credit: Colorado State Patrol

VAIL, Colo. (KKTV) - I-70 is closed in both directions near Vail Pass after another avalanche dumped snow on the road. There have been multiple avalanches in the mountains over the past few days.

The highway is closed westbound from Copper Mountain to Vail. Eastbound lanes are closed from Dotsero to Vail. Troopers expect traffic to be blocked for several hours.

The Colorado State Patrol tweeted early Thursday morning that a tow truck was caught in the avalanche overnight, but the driver is okay.

Troopers closed the interstate around 2:30 a.m. due to the snow slide combined with adverse weather conditions.

Highway 91 was also shut down around 5:30 a.m. due to a large gas leak near Copper Mountain. The Summit Fire Department says the snow hit a gas pipeline near a Conoco station and the water treatment plant. Xcel crews are working to resolve the leak. No injuries are reported.

Copper Mountain Resort is on "delayed opening." Roads are closed nearby, but the resort tweeted that the gas leak isn't affecting the rest of the ski area.

Arapahoe Basin announced it's staying closed Thursday due to avalanche concerns. The resort says Highway 6 over Loveland Pass will also not be open.

Breckenridge Ski Resort also announced that all upper mountain lifts and terrain are closed due to "adverse conditions."

CSP intentionally triggered an avalanche in the I-70 corridor on Tuesday in an effort to keep drivers safe. That one sent 15 feet of snow tumbling onto the interstate.

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