Road Conditions For The Western Slope

Dec 19th @ 10:58 am in Local Events, News, Public Service by Scott Staley

Southwest Colorado (Region 5) 

US 550 Passes

Red Mt Pass          7″ of new snow with chain law in effect (dense and wind-effected)
Molas                    10″ new snow with chain law
Coal Bank             12″ new snow with chain law
SH 145 Lizard Head Pass
Snowing, icy and snowpacked

Precipitation intensity on the above passes has decreased and temperatures continue to drop as the cold front continues to sag south. The focus of snowfall will shift to the north side as winds continue to veer to the northwest today.

US 160 Wolf Creek Pass was closed this morning for just over an hour so CDOT crews could conduct avalanche control and clear the highway. The pass is open with chain law in effect and snow-packed conditions. Chain law in effect.

US 50 over Monarch Pass – snowing, icy and snow packed

US 285 through the San Luis Valley –  snowing, icy and snow packed

SH 17 Cumbres & La Manga Passes - snowing, icy and snow packed

Northwest Colorado (Western/Central Region 3) 
SH 139 over Douglas Pass in Mesa and Garfield Counies was closed for about 2 hours early this morning due to adverse conditions and low visibility, but is now open with the chain law in effect.
I-70 at the Utah State Line east has poor visibility and there are icy and snow-packed conditions all the way to Vail Pass and further east. Possible temporary closure on I-70 later this afternoon for snow removal activities. Updates will be posted on
SH 65 over Grand Mesa remains closed (south of Powderhorn Ski area) for avalanche control work; anticipate reopen later today as visibility, snow conditions permit.
SH 82 is snowing, icy and snow-packed from Glenwood to Aspen (Independence Pass is closed for the winter.
SH 133 over Mc Clure Pass is snowy, icy and snow-packed with the chain law in effect.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!  Conditions change rapidly and road closures may be in effect later today; please always call 511 or check (click Road Conditions at top of page) before heading out and periodically as you take breaks during your travel. Sign up to receive road updates by going to and choosing the green phone icon in the upper right corner. Remember:  Ice and Snow….Take it Slow!