New Year’s Day storm coats Grand County, hinders travel (photos) |

New Year’s Day storm coats Grand County, hinders travel (photos)

Snow started falling early Wednesday morning in Grand County and weather predictions say it’s likely to continue throughout the day.

A winter weather advisory issued for Grand County on Tuesday warned snow will continue through midnight Thursday with accumulations of four to 10 inches of snow possible.

Around noon, the Colorado Department of Transportation closed Westbound Interstate 70 at mile marker 215, near the Eisenhower Tunnel, due to multiple wrecks. There is not an estimated reopening time.

The combination of wind and snow prompted CDOT to issue a travel warning about the impact on visibility and road conditions.

A Facebook post by the Fraser Winter Park Police Department also warns drivers about the conditions, noting that several car wrecks occurred at the top of Berthoud Pass on Wednesday morning.

Even more snow is expected on the western edge of the county, particularly Rabbit Ears Pass, which is under a winter storm warning with predictions of up to 20 inches of snowfall by midnight Thursday.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 61 mph on Berthoud Pass Wednesday morning.

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