Snow hits on heavy travel day |

Snow hits on heavy travel day

SUMMIT COUNTY – The season’s first sustained snowstorm is providing much needed accumulations at the ski resorts, up to 6 inches overnight but snow-covered roads await travelers on Summit County roads and Interstate 70.Today is one of the heaviest traffic days as the Thanksgiving holiday closes, and travelers should think about an early exit over I-70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel.Commercial vehicles should expect chain laws to be in effect at Vail Pass, Eisenhower Tunnel and Floyd Hill on the interstate corridor.I-70 traffic through Glenwood Canyon remains confined to one lane in either direction by Hanging Lake after a Thanksgiving Day rock slide pummeled the road, causing considerable damage.The U.S. Weather Service has announced a winter storm warning for the High County through midnight.Snow also is falling on the Front Range, just in time for tonight’s nationally televised Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders football game at Invesco Field.That fact should make preservationists’ phones ring with people booking ski vacations, if the past in any indication.The High Country is expecting up to 6 inches or more of additional snow today. Denver is expected about 4 inches, although the foothills could see double that.The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting a slow-moving upper level trough over Utah is pushing moisture into Colorado on a southwestern flow.People hitting the backcountry should expect both natural and triggered avalanches in most mountain areas.Backcountry travelers should use extra caution traveling in or around avalanche terrain, and be aware of an increasing avalanche danger. Slopes approaching 30 degrees or steeper should be avoided, and avoid crossing below steep slopes in the avalanche warning areas, the CAIC reported.

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