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High Country Hit With Snowy Weather

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Accidents near the entrance to the Eisenhower Tunnel on Monday (credit: CDOT)

Accidents near the entrance to the Eisenhower Tunnel on Monday (credit: CDOT)

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GEORGETOWN, Colo. (CBS4) – Snow moved into the high country in Colorado overnight and caused some problems near the Eisenhower Tunnel on Monday morning.

Just before 8 a.m. numerous minor accidents were reported in the snowy road conditions at the tunnel. None of the accidents were serious enough to shut the highway down, but traffic was at a crawl.

Just before noon on the east side of the tunnel there was one serious crash that caused traffic to come to a standstill and the eastbound lanes were blocked through the tunnel for about an hour.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for portions of the northern and central mountains through 3 p.m. Monday. Between 4 and 7 inches of snow were predicted to fall mostly above 8,500 feet.

Chain laws over most of the mountain passes have been on and off throughout the day. Warm weather over the weekend helped keep the roads relatively clear of snow and ice.

Some truckers said they didn’t think the chain laws were necessary earlier in the morning based on the conditions.

“It was no problem at all; a few icy spots. I think it may have been worse earlier,” a trucker told CBS4.

The snow was expected to stop later in the afternoon and it’s possible the sun could come out and dry the roads out.

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