A powerful winter storm will continue to impact the Colorado Rockies through Friday evening. A second round of lighter snow is likely on Sunday.
Storm totals will range from 1 to 3 feet for most areas.
Travel is not advised during the winter storm warnings, which are in effect for the majority of Friday. Heavy, blowing snow will make for very hazardous driving conditions.
Avalanche danger will be high, with watches and warnings in place in the winter storm zones. Skiing in the backcountry is not advised through at least Saturday morning.
That being said, CDOT plans periodic closures of HWY 40 and I-70 for avalanche mitigation on Friday morning, which may last several hours.
TRAVEL ADVISORY: I-70 is planned to be CLOSED early Friday at 7AM for avalanche mitigation over #VailPass. The closure is estimated to last between 1-4 hours. Start time and duration is estimated, plan ahead.#cotraffic pic.twitter.com/rftIo6oJtI— CSP Eagle (@CSP_Eagle) February 6, 2020
Check the road conditions before you go, and know the current chain laws for the state.
Looking ahead, the sky will be clearing Saturday, with gusty winds and blowing snow still possible. It will be the best travel day of the weekend and the warmest.
Sunday snow totals look to be less than 6 inches for most areas.