Snow in the mountains A welcome sight for some, a travel mess for drivers – CBS Denver
VAIL PASS, Colorado (CBS4)– Snow started to fall on Wednesday and dropped a surprise several inches across the high country. Around Summit and Eagle counties, this snow continued to fall steadily Thursday evening.
In the Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne areas, Thursday’s snowfall was slow to accumulate on the highway, but higher up the Vail Pass created difficult travel conditions. Sporadic gusts of wind created visibility problems and the accumulation of snow made the roads icy.
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Just after 4:00 p.m. Thursday, the Colorado State Patrol closed I-70 westbound near Vail Pass for a multi-vehicle accident at km 186. While it was only about 40 minutes before it reopened , the speed of movement of vehicles began to slow significantly, strengthening slick travel conditions.
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Snow continued to fall after 6 p.m. with passenger vehicle traction laws and commercial vehicle chain laws fully in effect at Vail Pass.
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While the new snow means slower traffic and backups on I-70, this is good news for ski areas with Vail and Breckenridge slated to open on Friday. It’s still the start of the season, but both are currently reporting above average snow cover.