Winter weather in Colorado tangles holiday mountain traffic

December 22, 2014
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The Colorado Department of Transportation "highly" recommends chains, snow tires or four-wheel drive for vehicles driving in the mountains Monday.
The windy winter storm has brought blowing snow, poor visibility and icy roads to the mountains, CDOT says. The storm is expected to bring up to 24 inches of snow.
CoTrip traffic cams on I-70 along Vail Pass, the Eisenhower tunnels and Georgetown show tough driving conditions Monday morning.
The National Weather Service expects snow to continue in the mountains through the day and into the evening, adding several more inches of snow. High winds will continue to blow, making for difficult travel conditions.
That new snow combined with 75 mile-per-hour winds has raised the avalanche danger and shut down U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass. In southwestern Colorado, Red Mountain Pass is closed between Ouray and Silverton.
At lower elevations, scattered showers throughout the day are not expected to produce much snow. Later tonight, the far northeast plains will have "a somewhat better situation for snow," according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS predicts a chance of snow in the mountains for Christmas Day. But in northeast Colorado, the weather is expected to be dry and mild.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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