Snow made Friday travel hazardous

1:12 PM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Snowy conditions is hampering travel in parts of Colorado.

Loveland Pass closed because of the snow Thursday but opened again by Friday morning. The Colorado Department of Transportation says U.S. Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass was shut down overnight and also opened by Friday morning.

Parts of Interstate 70 in central Colorado were snow covered, and eastbound I-70 between Vail and Frisco was closed for hours because of multiple accidents.

WINTER STORM WARNINGS are in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for most mountain areas along and west of the Continental Divide.

Preliminary snowfall reports Thursday evening included 21 inches near Breckenridge, 19 near Dillon, 18.5 near Fraser and 16 near Frisco.

The roads around the Denver metro area showed little accumulation Thursday evening. That is because the roads were warm when the storm started out as rain.

CDOT says falling temperatures and a lot more snow overnight could create dangerous conditions.

CDOT says 106 snow plows have been on these roads since 2 p.m. Thursday. Crews will stay out throughout the night and well into Friday.

The storm is also affecting air travel.

Denver International Airport reported 168 canceled flights Thursday. The majority of the canceled flights were smaller regional aircraft that travel to mountain towns and cities near Denver. Flight delays remain possible Friday.

DIA said snow removal teams are ready to keep the airfield, roadways and parking areas clear of snow. DIA has more than 250 pieces of snow-removal equipment and more than 500 trained snow-removal personnel.

Passengers should expect to spend a little extra time on the plane before takeoff.

Travelers are encouraged to check their flight status with the airlines or on before departing for the airport.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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