UPDATED: Rabbit Ears Pass reopens after more than 5-hour closure during March blizzard | SteamboatToday.com

UPDATED: Rabbit Ears Pass reopens after more than 5-hour closure during March blizzard

A city plow truck clears snow from a street in downtown Steamboat Springs on Wednesday afternoon. A serious winter storm passing through the area kept the crews busy most of the day. (Photo by John F. Russell)

Northwest Colorado road closures and weather updates from Wednesday, March 13. View webcams here.

Keep up with the conditions:
• Find the latest forecast and recent weather stories here.
• View Steamboat webcams here.
• Find information from the National Weather Service, including storm warnings and advisories at wrh.noaa.gov
• The Colorado Department of Transportation provides road conditions, closures and traffic cameras at cotrip.org.
• For travel information by phone, call 511 (in Colorado) or dial 303-639-1111.
• Find information about avalanche danger and conditions from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
• For flight information, visit flightview.com/traveltools.

5:22 p.m. U.S. Highway 40 reopens over Rabbit Ears Pass between Steamboat and Kremmling. Passenger traction and commercial chain laws are in place. This is the final update to this story.

4:49 p.m. Interstate 70 reopens in both directions from Idaho Springs to Mount Vernon Canyon (near Genesee).

4:24 p.m. Yampa Valley Electric Association has restored power in Maybell. A broken pole still leaves the following locations without power: Lily Park, Elk Springs, Sunbeam and Lookout.

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4:22 p.m. Interstate 70 reopens eastbound at Silverthorne.

4:14 p.m. U.S. Highway 40 reopens from Craig to Utah border.

3:35 p.m. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declares state of emergency, activates National Guard for search and rescue of stranded motorists.

2:38 p.m. The Steamboat Resort gondola is closed because of wind.

2:25 p.m. CoTrip.org is down because of high volumes of web traffic. Follow them on Twitter for the latest updates: twitter.com/coloradodot.

1:58 p.m. Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs will be closing at 3 p.m. Wednesday. It will reopen with regular hours Thursday.

1:57 p.m. Yampa Valley Electric Association reports it has restored power to the following areas: Catamount, Humble Road and Hamilton. Power remains out in the Old Fish area of Steamboat and Maybell, which is inaccessible due to road closures.

1:36 p.m. Denver International Airport is closed.

12:56 p.m. Colorado Highway 13 is closed south of Craig to Meeker.

12:48 p.m. Interstate 70 is closed between Vail and Copper Mountain for avalanche control.

12:45 p.m. U.S. Highway 40 is closed over Berthoud Pass for avalanche control.

12:03 p.m. U.S. Highway 40 is closed from Steamboat to Kremmling and Craig to the Utah boarder because of adverse road conditions and crashes.

11:52 a.m. Colorado Highway 14 from the east base of Rabbit Ears Pass to Walden is closed. Head to CoTrip.org for the latest road conditions. 

11:49 a.m. Yampa Valley Electric Association is experiencing some outages in Northwest Colorado, including Maybell. See an updated map of affected areas here.

All day: The Yampa Valley is under a winter weather advisory until midnight Wednesday. Winds gusting over 30 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow. View the latest NOAA forecast here.

Storms expected to pummel Colorado on Wednesday making travel ‘impossible,’ powder day imminent

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