For several days, meteorologists in Colorado have been warning residents of the approaching “Bomb Cyclone” (Explosive Cyclogenesis). This morning, the storm hit Grand County with a vengeance, dumping snow at a rate of more than an inch an hour. 

East Grand Schools closed Wednesday afternoon

For the first time, since 2003, East Grand School School District closed and released students at 2 pm due to adverse conditions. According to East Grand School Superintendent, Frank Reeves, “If we close school tomorrow (Thursday), there will be a decision made by 6 am and a phone call/email/text will go out from PowerSchool to all parents/guardians.  Another announcement will be made at 7 am, in case people missed the first announcement”. He added, “We will also post on our website. If there is no information posted, we are having school as planned”.

LIFT RIDER ALERT – Due to the extreme weather, tonight’s bus schedule is being adjusted:
– Last local route leaving Winter Park Resort will depart at 5:30pm
– Last bus on the Granby Line leaving Winter Park Resort will depart at 6pm
– All Lift transit service will be halted at 6pm

Other closures

Grand County Administrative offices, West Grand Schools and many businesses have also closed for the day.

County Road 804 in Fraser has been closed, please use CR 8 to access Meadowridge and the surrounding area.

US 40 is closed in both directions from just east of Kremmling all the way to the Utah line.

Berthoud Pass is currently closed due to adverse weather conditions.

Please do NOT call 911, dispatch, or the Sheriff’s Office for road conditions. Check or call 511 for up to date road conditions and closures.

Conditions in Grand County are deteriorating quickly as the snow continues to pile up. If you don’t have to be out in this, stay home or somewhere safe! The storm will continue through the night and is expected to taper off Thursday morning. Before heading out, be sure to call ahead and make sure your vehicle is equipped with a well-supplied emergency kit, a full tank of gas and good battery.

Be safe out there!