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Maintenance crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are on 12 hour snow shifts. The snow shifts will last 24 hours a day until the storm passes, which is expected sometime this weekend.
Significant snowfall is expected on the Western Slope and in mountainous regions, as a winter storm warning is in effect for those areas. High winds may also be prevalent across the state, potentially creating low visibility on roadways.
The long-awaited change in weather will bring a significant amount of snow to the southwest mountains continuing into the weekend.
Forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center do expect the avalanche hazard to increase by Friday and continue into the weekend; as a result, avalanche mitigation may be necessary, meaning there could be some spot closures on the passes (typically in the mornings). Motorists should also expect high winds, which can mean low visibility.
• U.S. 550 Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain passes (currently Red Mountain is fully closed due to rockfall work) — up to 21 inches of snow by tonight.
• S.H. 145 Lizard Head Pass — expect up to 12 inches by tonight and as much as three feet by late Friday.
• U.S. 160 Wolf Creek Pass, U.S. 50 Monarch Pass and S.H. 17 Cumbres/La Manga: — up to 16 inches by tonight and three feet possible by late Friday.