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I-70 reopens after unsafe road conditions, crashes forced closures in high country

Snowfall and icy roads on I-70 have created potentially hazardous conditions in the mountains.

COLORADO, USA — Icy road conditions and snow caused multiples crashes on interstate 70 Tuesday night, resulting in closures near Georgetown, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

I-70 has since reopened, but CDOT cautions drivers driving through the high country as another round of snow moves across Colorado. 

Light snow showers moved into the Denver metro area Tuesday evening and will linger until early Wednesday morning. Most of the front range and eastern plains will likely see trace amounts to a few inches of snowfall accumulation. The higher totals will stay in the foothills, high country and the far southeastern portion of the state.  

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Southern Colorado is seeing whiteout conditions Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service Pueblo. The southern I-25 corridor could see deteriorated conditions Tuesday night. 

Keep up with the latest road conditions here:

Colorado chain and traction laws

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) urged travelers to be aware of chain and traction law codes before heading out on the roadway:

  • Code 18/Commercial Chain Law: Commercial vehicles and trucks must have chains. Vehicles without chains can often lose traction, causing traffic delays and sometimes road closures. For the safety of the traveling public, it's critical to use chains to comply with Colorado's chain law.
  • Code 15/Passenger Traction Law: All passenger vehicles must have appropriate all-weather tires with 3/16-inch depth. Vehicles must have one of the following: winter tires, tires with mud/snow (M+S) designation, chains or alternative traction devices such as an autosock. 4WD and AWD vehicles must have winter tires or all-weather tires.
  • Code 16/Passenger Chain Law: All passenger vehicles need chains, except for 4WD and AWD vehicles with all-weather tires with 3/16-inch tread depth.

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