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Colorado road conditions: Snow leads to icy conditions around the state

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday morning. The National Weather Service urges travelers to use caution on roads.

COLORADO, USA — Snow that moved over Colorado's Front Range made a mess of the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning commute. How bad the roads are now depends on where you were.

Snow comes to an end early Thursday for the Denver metro, but highs stay in the upper 20s and lower 30s with a wind chill advisory in effect until 8 a.m. Mountain snow is expected to continue throughout the day Thursday.

Full forecast: Colorado snow to end early but temperatures remain frigid

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Highway closures

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, the following Colorado highways are closed:

  • US 6 east and westbound between Montezuma Road and I-70 (Loveland Pass)
  • CO 125 north and southbound from Walden to Granby
  • CO 14 east and westbound from Walden to US 40
  • CO-14 east and westbound from Walden to MP 78 (Poudre Canyon)
  • US 40 (Rabbit Ears Pass) west and eastbound to/from Steamboat Springs to Kremmling
  • I-76 eastbound from Brush to Nebraska
  • I-76 westbound from Nebraska to Sterling
  • US 138 in both directions from Sterling to Nebraska
  • US 287 northbound from Ted's Place to Wyoming (north of Fort Collins)
  • US 40 Berthoud Pass Closed MP 235-249

Visit cotrip.org for a map of Colorado highway closures.

The Grand County Sheriff's Office said about 200 people are stranded in Kremmling Wednesday night due to the road closures. West Grand Elementary and Middle School at 715 Kinsey Avenue has been opened as a warming shelter so those stranded can warm up, stretch, and use the restroom. 

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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