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I-70 open from Vail to Denver

Matt Zalaznick
Vail CO, Colorado
Mark Fox, AP Photo/The Summit Daily News Tractor-trailer trucks wait in a queue along snow-covered Interstate 70, waiting for the roadway to re-open, Friday morning near Frisco.

INTERSTATE 70 ” Vail Pass reopened shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday, after being shut by winter weather for most of the day.

By 5 p.m., I-70 had competely re-opened from Vail to Denver.

U.S. Highway 6 over Loveland Pass and U.S. Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass remained closed. Berthoud Pass wasn’t likely to reopen until Saturday morning, the agency said.

Other closures:

– State Highway 91 closed northbound only over Fremont Pass.

– US 40 closed both directions between Kremmling and Steamboat Springs.

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Winds gusting to 100 mph slashed through foothills canyons in Colorado and across the high plains of Wyoming on Friday, prompting travel warnings and closing portions of least four other major highways.

A gust of 101 mph was recorded in Boulder at about 2:30 a.m.

“It’s like a river running through the mountains. It moves faster in the narrow areas,” National Weather Service technician Carl Burroughs said. “The wind does the same thing through the canyons here.”

In southern Wyoming, parts of Interstate 80 were closed between Cheyenne and Laramie because of windblown snow driven by gusts over 50 mph and icy patches.

In Colorado, high wind advisories were issued for hundreds of miles of highways.

Heavily traveled Colorado 93, which parallels the foothills south of Boulder, was shut down but reopened later.

High winds were also forecast for Colorado’s Eastern Plains and western Nebraska.

Burroughs said the position of the high-altitude jet stream combined with a high pressure system spilling into a low-pressure area was producing the strong winds.

Such blasts are not unusual for this time of year along the Rockies.

Colorado’s highest recorded wind gust came in at 201 mph atop 14,259-foot Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. In 1971, the city of Boulder recorded a wind gust at 147 mph.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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