Winter weather briefly closes Vail Pass |

Winter weather briefly closes Vail Pass

The Associated Press
and Aspen Times staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colo. ” Eastbound Interstate 70 over Vail Pass was open Wednesday morning after wintery conditions stranded vehicles and forced its closure Tuesday night.

Eastbound I-70 between Vail and Copper Mountain was closed for about three hours Tuesday night, when icy and snowy conditions caused problems for motorists. The westbound lanes remained open.

Chain laws for commercial vehicles remained in effect Wednesday morning for eastbound I-70 at Vail Pass and I-70 in both directions at the Eisenhower Tunnel. The Vail Daily reported numerous accidents occurring on the interstate Wednesday morning in the Wolcott, Avon and Vail area.

Highway 82 over Independence Pass remains open for travel, but is icy in spots, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation website, The pass remains open, conditions permitting, until Nov. 7.

Icy and snowpacked spots should be expected Wednesday morning on mountain passes in western Colorado, but conditions are expected to improve by afternoon, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.

Light snow fell in the high country surrounding Aspen overnight Tuesday, but in town, barely a dusting was evident in grassy lawns on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday’s forecast for Aspen calls for mostly cloudy skies with isolated snow showers and highs of 25 to 35. Skies will become mostly clear overnight, with lows dipping to 5 to 15, according to the weather service.

Sunny skies are predicted Thursday, with highs in the 30s. The forecast calls for sunny skies and highs of 45 to 55 on Friday through Sunday, the weather service said.

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