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Road conditions: I-70 reopens after spring snow leads to multiple closures

Hazardous road conditions led to multiple crashes and spinouts between Floyd Hill and the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels Wednesday.
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COLORADO, USA — Snow showers caused icy conditions in the mountains Wednesday. 

Several crashes and spinouts led to road closures along Interstate 70 Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Weather advisory for the foothills for slick roads and hazardous travel conditions, which will be in effect until 3 a.m. on Thursday. 

Evergreen Fire Rescue said they responded to multiple crashes and asked people to stay off the roads if possible.

The snow will continue throughout northeast Colorado overnight. NWS said to expect 3-6 inches of snow in the mountains and 1-3 inches in the foothills. 

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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.

> Watch the video below for tips for driving on snowy and icy roads:

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