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Snowy Weather Causes Major Traffic Problems Near Denver

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A Jeep slid off the road on Highway 6 in Coal Creek Canyon. (credit: CBS)

A Jeep slid off the road on Highway 6 in Coal Creek Canyon. (credit: CBS)

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Written by Traffic Specialist Joel Hillan

DENVER (CBS4) – An April storm that moved into northern and central Colorado early Monday led to slick roads in many areas and played a role in multiple crashes.

None of the problems were in downtown Denver, where there was a minimal amount of snow, but there was much heavier snow to the west and north.

At least one of the crashes was deadly.

Just before 5 a.m. a motorcyclist died on Highway 36 in Broomfield. Snow was already falling at the time of the crash.

Police shut the westbound lanes of the Boulder Turnpike shortly afterwards and it remained closed through the entire morning rush hour. Cars were being moved off the highway at 104th and were being let back on after the 1st Bank Center area. The highway reopened at about 10:15 a.m.

Other closures of note:

Highway 119 closed during the later part of the morning commute due to an accident near Black Hawk.

Highway 72 in Coal Creek Canyon was shut down for about an hour due to multiple car accidents.

Interstate 25 was closed from Wellington to the Wyoming state line because of an accident and adverse conditions.

Emergency crews closed Interstate 70 at the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel for a short time for avalanche work.

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