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70 west, to colorado, tomorrow morning

So I am leaving tomorrow morning from Kansas city, but I am a little concerned because it is supposed to snow 2-5 inches. How much snow is usually necessary to shut down 70?

With the snow that's expected tomorrow, how will 70 through the front range be? I drive a subbie, but it has all weather tires, and no chains.

Are they pretty quick about getting roads cleared? I am not exactly sure what to expect. It was never snowing the other times I have driven out.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-05-2010, 09:46 AM
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I haven't been on that part of 70 in a long time but like Snowolf said it is pretty uninteresting until you pass Denver. Plenty of traffic to keep the snow from accumulating much. Just watch for ice as usual.
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Thanks snowolf. As always, your experience is helpful.
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if 70 is going to close, it'll usually be between Limon and Colby due to wind and ice, but good news is they aren't forecasted to get as much snow as Eastern Kansas. The biggest risk of closings would be between KC and junction city since this route already has lots of snow and the forecast is for snow from 8pm tonight through tomorrow night, with the biggest wave hitting at noon tomorrow. I've only seen eastern 70 close a few times, but the safest bet would be leave tonight and make it 1/2 way across kansas to get out of the storms path. cheap $40 hotel tonight or possibly loosing a day of trip? Or, if they do close eastern 70, you can always take alternate routes. I'd bet once you reach junction city you're golden.
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Yeah, your biggest worry is going to be I70 on the plains, not in the mountains. The ground blizzard from the boarder to the Denver area can just be atrocious and needless to say super dangerous. The snow fall they are calling for shouldn't give you too much trouble. I highly doubt there are going to be any issues getting to the resorts once you hit the mountains West of Denver. Just slow going at worst.
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I'm leaving 2nite @ 3am taking 80 from chicago, what do you guys think about that?
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freaking dramatic weather men, not a drop of snow and the forecast as of 8am is no snow until 5pm. what happened to 100% chance of snow at noon? Are there consequences for when they f'k up? they'd probably do a better job if there were.
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It's snowing in the mountains west of Denver right now. I can see it. Looks like areas against the Front Range like Golden and Boulder might be starting to see some action. Vail, Breck, and the Beaver creek all got some snow. 3" at Breck. More like dust on crust right now, but it's supposed to keep snowing. Could be good tomorrow if it continues. And at the moment, the drive across the plains should be smooth.
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