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Storm Prompts Closure Of I-70 At Burlington

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Snowy conditions on Saturday (credit: CBS)

Snowy conditions on Saturday (credit: CBS)

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BURLINGTON, Colo. (AP) – Blowing and drifting snow and icy conditions on Interstate 70 prompted Colorado Department of Transportation officials to close the eastbound lanes of the state’s main east-west highway at Burlington.

CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman says the closure Saturday is at the request of Kansas transportation department because of a large volume of accidents on the highway as a storm moves over the plains.

The storm dumped between 2 and 6 inches along the Front Range, and up to 9 inches in some mountain towns.

Stegman says treacherous conditions on the roads cleared up around 2 p.m. shortly after the snow stopped. The only major road closure was US 285 west of Denver because of jackknifed tractor trailer Saturday morning.

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