UPDATED: Rabbit Ears Pass reopens after more than 5-hour closure during March blizzard
March 13, 2019
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.
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.
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.