The storm is intensifying and as of 8:14 a.m., US 160 over Wolf Creek Pass (10" of new snow measured this morning) is closed due to adverse weather and zero to low visibility (check CDOT's still cameras on www.cotrip.org--go to Road Conditions and/or see camera icons on map). Conditions are similar on US 550 passes (Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain). Coal Bank has recieved 12" of snow so far, Molas 14" and Red Mountain 9.5", as measured by forecasters with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which contracts with CDOT.
Over in the San Luis Valley, motorists will encounter snow, ice and snowpacked roads, particularly on US 285 (expect high winds near Fairplay), US 160 La Veta Pass and US 50 over Monarch Pass (7" of new snow). CAIC forecasters report the following: "Snowfall and winds should ease later today, but continue into tonight with blowing and drifting snow still an issue. Expect an additional 6" to 16" in the next 36 hours at all passes. It will be cold today, and really cold tonight with nighttime lows dipping below zero. Thursday will be even colder with daytime highs struggling to get out of the single digits. After a brief break, the next system arrives bringing more snowfall from Friday night through Sunday."
"We hope to get Wolf Creek Pass open as quickly as possible," said CDOT Maintenance Supervisor Ross Hamilton. "We encourage those heading out to check www.cotrip.org to check conditions."