UPDATE: December 24th 8:50 am
US Highway 40 at Berthoud Pass has reopened, but roads are reportedly icy and snowpacked with drifting snow, so drive safely and enjoy the holidays! More snow moves in tonight, so if you don’t need to drive, stay in and enjoy the welcome sight of fresh snow!
UPDATE: December 24th 7:00am
Dozens of stranded travelers held up at Taco Bell in Dumont overnight waiting for Hwy 40 to open. Empire Ski Shop welcomed stranded travelers and offered floor space overnight. Maria Chavez said, ” We are so thankful for the Ski Shop in Dumont and the Taco Bell. My Mom is safe and having quite the adventure!”
Berthoud Pass still closed this morning. Colorado State Patrol saying the CDOT is working to get the road open sometime this morning. No estimated time for opening.
Eisenhower Tunnel is open. Alternate route available. I70 to Hwy 9 to Kremmling, Colorado.
Blizzard conditions throughout the northern and central Rockies wreaking havoc on the roadways at this hour. Berthoud Pass is still closed with no estimated time of reopening. A major crash on Berthoud Pass and white out conditions making travel very treacherous. Many people stranded in Empire. Jenny’s opened her doors to weary travelers. Winds gusts are reported at 50mph with snow and blowing snow conditions.
US 40 is closed in both directions in Rabbit Ears Pass (mm 139-mm 178) due to adverse conditions. There is no estimated time of reopening.
Report by Colorado Department of transportation update at 9pm
I-70 is closed westbound at Morrison Road. Eastbound still closed at Silverthorne. Blowing snow has caused visibility to be at only 5 feet. Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnels have lost power so there is currently no control over the lights on the highway, digital message boards, and they are having difficulty connecting to the radios with crews on the ground. They’re working via cellphone to connect with our traffic operations center in Golden to get digital messages on the highway. Snow is currently falling faster than it’s possible for our plows to keep up with. We know this is incredibly frustrating. Thanks for your patience.
Info: Dial 511, cotrip.org, or CDOT Mobile App