Avalanche work closes parts of I-70
Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER ” The Colorado Department of Transportation said it temporarily closed down three sections along Interstate 70 and U.S. 40 on Tuesday while crews set off avalanches to clear snow hanging precariously on slopes next to the road.
Vail and Berthoud passes were temporarily closed, as was the Eisenhower Tunnel, according to CDOT. The National Weather Service said between 6 to 10 inches fell in those areas along the Continental Divide in the last 24 hours and areas in Summit County had more.
CDOT spokeswoman Stacy Stegman said one of the avalanches that was triggered was about 100 feet long and as much as five feet deep.
Winds were strong so snow totals were hard to measure, noted meteorologist Kyle Fredin.
Snowmass reported 6 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Tuesday morning; Aspen Mountain picked up 5 inches during Monday’s snowfall, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.
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A speeding car on Tuesday morning crashed into and destroyed part of the winter closure gate on Maroon Creek Road.