I-70 reopens at Vail as heavy snow, strong winds hit High Country | SummitDaily.com

I-70 reopens at Vail as heavy snow, strong winds hit High Country

9:15 p.m. I-70 has reopened in both directions at Vail.

7:58 p.m. I-70 westbound has reopened at Vail. The eastbound lanes remain closed.

7:20 p.m. Interstate 70 is closed at Vail because of multiple spun out cars, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

U.S. Highway 285 also is closed east of Fairplay because of low visibility. The highway was the alternate route when I-70 was closed in both directions earlier in the day. That detour led to near standstill traffic and hourlong delays along the route, according to posts in the Hoosier Passers Facebook group.

Original story:

FRISCO — Summit County is under a snow squall warning through 3:30 p.m. Friday as well as a winter weather advisory and high wind warning through 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow squall warning is alerting residents that wind gusts higher than 40 mph are expected to pass through the area, causing blowing snow and “extremely poor visibility” leading to dangerous and life-threatening travel, according to the Weather Service.

After the snow squall warning expires at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Summit County will continue to be under a winter weather advisory with 4-8 inches of snow expected along with high winds, according to the Weather Service forecast.

Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 90 mph are expected through Saturday evening.

Motorists are advised to use extreme caution while traveling during the storm.

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