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February 7, 2020 Storm and Shelter Updates

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and Summit County are regularly providing winter storm updates, and the following is a roundup of the latest information as of 4:25pm on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Road conditions

  • CDOT is recommending that folks stay where they are through at least through Saturday morning & likely even into Monday. “If you are in the mountains, stay there, and if you are on the Front Range, stay there.”
  • Another storm is coming on Saturday, and road conditions are currently labeled as “extreme” by CDOT.
  • If you must travel throughout the weekend, CDOT recommends that you have significant supplies in your car for your family and any pets because you may be stranded in place for hours.
  • Loveland Pass is closed so hazmat vehicles are staging at the Eisenhower Tunnel.
  • I70 will be opening and closing, especially at the Eisenhower Tunnel due to conditions and accidents.
  • Highways 91 over Fremont, 9 over Hoosier and 285 are NOT recommended as alternate routes, as the conditions are extreme.
  • Current road conditions

Summit County Warming Center, Shelter & More Emergency Info

  • Summit County has enacted their Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and their emergency blog where you can find the most current updates on local conditions and shelters.
  • The lobby of the Silverthorne Recreation Center is currently serving as a warming center for people who need to get out of the cold and warm up, including stranded motorists.
  • Summit County and American Red Cross will open an overnight shelter at Summit Middle School at 6:00pm. People seeking shelter should not arrive at the school parking lot prior to 6:00pm, as crews are working to clear the lot of snow, and vehicles will impede their work. The shelter will provide cots, blankets, restrooms, water, and snacks. The shelter will not provide meals or showers. Summit Middle School is located at 158 School Rd., Frisco, CO, 80443. Shelter guests with pets can drop their pets off at Summit County Animal Shelter at 58 Nancy’s Pl., Frisco, CO, 80443, before 5:30pm. After 5:30pm, people can call Summit County dispatch at 970-668-8600 and ask to be contacted by a Summit County Animal Control officer, who will retrieve a pet and bring it to the animal shelter.

Weather

  • CDOT meteorologist indicated that extreme bands of weather (1-2 inches of snowfall per hour) are still present and expected through tonight, but that they are becoming more scattered.
  • Weather conditions are expected to “mellow out” between 7:00pm and 9:00pm tonight in the mountains and on the Front Range, but snow is expected to continue to fall beyond that time.
  • The Front Range has also seen heavy snowfall, primarily in west Denver near Golden.
  • Another storm is expected on Saturday evening with more modest snow totals.

Avalanche conditions

  • CAIC emphasized that motorists should not to get out of their vehicles in avalanche prone areas or when they witness an avalanche. CAIC has been working with CDOT on avalanche mitigation throughout last night on Vail Pass and through the Tenmile Canyon. Avalanche danger persists, and there will likely be more mitigation work.
  • An avalanche warning is in effect through Saturday morning, February 8 at 8:00am. Forecast zones included in the warning are Steamboat & Flat Tops, Front Range, Vail & Summit County, Sawatch Range, Aspen, and Gunnison. A potent winter storm has increased the avalanche danger to HIGH (Level 4 of 5). Heavy snowfall and very strong northwesterly winds are building sensitive wind-drifted slabs and rapidly loading buried weak layers. Users can easily trigger large and dangerous avalanches and some may run naturally. Travel in backcountry avalanche terrain is not recommended through Saturday morning.