Weather updates: Winter storm closing roads, causing traffic havoc
Editor’s note: Check here for traffic and other weather-related updates.
9:34 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8: Routt COunty officials sent out this notice: “All South Routt roads should be passable by noon today. All West Routt and North Routt roads are passable. If travel is necessary, caution should be exercised as we clear from the recent winter storm. Roads deemed passable do not mean they are totally clear of snow. Four wheel drive, all wheel drive, or chains may be necessary on some gravel roads. Refer to the Routt County website and social media for any county updates, and cotrip.org for state road information.”
5:45 p.m. Routt County officials have issued another road conditions report. Roads previously identified as impassable are believed to remain so. Routt County Road 179 from Colorado Highway 131 north to C.R. 29 as well as C.R. 33 to C.R. 33B are is completely impassable. C.R. 179 from C.R. 33B north to Milner has been plowed but snow is drifting back over the road, making driving conditions in that area hazardous if not impassable. Continue to monitor Cotrip.org for state road closures.
4:15 p.m. Reader Courtney Antonacci sent the Steamboat Pilot & Today this photo from Lynx Pass, 30 minutes south of Steamboat Springs. She reported 4 feet of snow this morning with snow still falling.
4 p.m. It’s official. This is the biggest storm of the winter based on 24-hour accumulation measurements, according to Maren Franciosi, digital communications manager for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. Read more, here.
3:10 p.m. For those planning to attend the Winter Carnival’s Mountain Soiree tonight, there’s good news. The featured band, The Six Million Band, drove into town from Denver last night so they are still scheduled to perform, according to Ellen Campbell, director of development for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. There are over 400 people expected to attend.
3:05 p.m. The Steamboat Springs School District has cancelled all after-school activities, practices and events scheduled at district facilities this afternoon and evening. Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs cancelled classes at noon today and the college will be closed for the remainder of the day.
3 p.m. Routt County Road 44 is closed at County Road 44B for a snow slide. At this time, there is no estimate on when the road will open.
2:55 p.m. Routt County officials have issued an alert advising people to stay off the roads. With high winds causing constant changes in road conditions, travel is not advised. In South Routt, most roads are considered impassable except for Routt County Roads 14, 15, 17 and 27. Colorado Highway 134 is closed across Gore Pass. In West Routt, all roads are considered passable except for C.R. 29 at Cross Mountain Ranch. Roads in North Routt and Steamboat Springs are considered passable.
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