Snow to continue through the day in Grand County
Update 1:47 p.m.: U.S. Highway 40 has reopened in both directions. However, Colorado State Patrol is still on an accident alert, which means troopers are only able to respond to accidents that involve injuries or fatalities.
People involved in accidents that only involve property damage are asked to document the crash information “if both parties agree, have insurance and no impairment is involved,” Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Gary Cutler stated in an email to Sky-Hi News.
Update 12:44 p.m.: U.S. Highway 40 has eastbound and westbound closures between Spruce Street (milepost 184) in Kremmling and milepost 164 north of Kremmling due to safety concerns, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson. Reopening will depend on weather conditions and plows’ ability to clear snow, the spokeperson said.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office reported that several accidents occurred on the stretch of the U.S. 40 before the Colorado Department of Transportation closed the highway.
Snow fell across Grand County overnight, and National Weather Service forecasts predict more snowfall throughout today. Today’s forecast in Granby listed daytime accumulation of 1-3 inches, but Sky-Hi News measured 8.5 inches of snow outside its office.
The chance of precipitation tonight in Granby is 70%, although the NWS expects less than 0.5 inches of accumulation. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network reported 7 a.m. snow totals of 5.5 inches near Grand Lake, 2.5 inches near Parshall, 3.5 inches northwest of Kremmling and 2.4 inches near Tabernash.
Across the county, NWS forecasts predict intermittent snowfall through Sunday. A winter weather advisory for north, northeast, south and southeast Grand County is in effect through midnight tonight.
A Ford Bronco and Ford F250 collided at 9:17 a.m. north of Kremmling at milepost 164. Police scanner communication said airbags were deployed in the crash, but Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Gary Cutler said both drivers were okay and EMS responded to the scene.
“Anytime we have roads that are icy or have snowpack it’s best to slow down” Cutler said. “Slower speeds make it easier to stop and avoid collisions.”
Avalanche danger sits at level three, considerable, near and above the tree line and at level 2, moderate, below it in much of Grand County, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
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