Snow closes some Colorado highways

9NEWS reporter Dan Grossman made his way to Bergen Park in Evergreen.

KUSA - Heavy, wet spring snow has caused traffic delays across the Front Range and especially in the high country. 

There are numerous road closures as a result of the inclement weather. More than 100 CDOT plows are on the streets, 22 of them are clearing the I-70 corridor.

Hydroplaning and freezing are the top concerns as CDOT battles the snowstorm across Colorado. In the metro area, roads could freeze this evening as temperatures drop between 7 and 9 PM. 

I-25 at Monument Hill could be one of the worst areas in the metro area due to its elevation, and CDOT advised on a Thursday afternoon conference call that they may preemptively close the road if needed.

Along the I-70 corridor snow is falling at a rate of one inch per hour, making for extremely dangerous conditions and low visibility. Chain laws are in effect. 

Before hitting the state highways, call 511 or visit cotrip.org to check conditions.

CLOSED: 

US 36 Westbound / Eastbound Lyons-Estes Park (Milemarker 0-20.35)

Closed due to adverse conditions. There is no estimated time of opening. Incident began May 18th, 2017 at 9:55am.

I-80 Eastbound Rawlins-Laramie

Closed EB due to local authority request. As of May 18 at 4 pm, the estimated opening time is 12 hours or more.

The chain law is also in effect on parts of I-70, US 285, CO 119 and CO 134. The traction law is in effect on CO 67.

CDOT is advising motorists to avoid traveling especially overnight and near the I-70 corridor. 

With all the moisture, hydroplaning could also be an issue for drivers. 

Follow @ColoradoDOT on Twitter or visit cotrip.org for the latest road closures and conditions. 

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