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Winter Storm Prompts School Closures, Possible Travel Delays And Avalanche Watch

Feb 7, 2020

Road conditions on Highway 82 in Basalt.
Credit Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

UPDATE 11:10 A.M.

Pitkin County officials say Watson Divide Road from Highway 82 to Snowmass Creek Road is closed to all traffic until further notice. If you live on Watson Divide Road, officials say you will have access through. 

Eagle County says their county government offices and departments will have reduced services today. Glenwood Springs City Hall has closed for the day. 

Colorado Mountain College officials say the Aspen campus is still open. 

I-70 westbound is closed from Golden to the Continental Divide, according to Colorado Department of Transportation officials. 

UPDATE 8:00 A.M.

An accident on Highway 82 in Snowmass Canyon is backing up traffic going toward Aspen. Pitkin County officials say to expect delays. 

Colorado Department of Transportation says extensive avalanche control work is expected along the I-70 Mountain Corridor Friday, likely from Georgetown through Vail Pass. Officials say to check cotrip.org for latest road closure information.

ORIGINAL POST 6:30 A.M

A snowstorm that moved into the Roaring Fork Valley Thursday and is expected to continue throughout the day Friday has closed schools on Feb. 7, 2020. 

Aspen School District, Wildwood School, Aspen Community School and Aspen Country Day are all closed in Aspen. Roaring Fork School District is closed, as well as Garfield School District. Colorado Mountain College campuses in Carbondale, Rifle, Spring Valley and Glenwood Center are also closed today. CMC campuses in Aspen will remain open until further notice.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning until late Friday night. Total snow accumulation of 10 to 20 inches is expected with some higher elevations expecting 30 inches. 

Colorado Department of Transportation officials say travel on the I-70 Mountain Corridor will likely take longer than usual. Officials say to expect delays, blowing and drifting snow and even closures to due avalanche control. Roads will likely be snow-packed and icy, so officials say Traction and Chain Laws will most likely be put into place. 

Colorado Avalanche Information Center officials issued an avalance watch until 12 p.m. Friday in the Aspen area. Officials say heavy snowfall and strong winds can build sensitive wind-drifted slabs and rapidly buried weak layers. It can be easy to trigger large and dangerous avalanches.