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There will be lots of travelers on I-70 this week! Snow is in the forecast for Monday and most of that week, so check Cotrip.org before you travel. 

Saturday, Dec 31- Be prepared for moderate to heavy traffic in BOTH westbound and eastbound directions today.  Last year moderate westbound, traffic started at 2 p.m. and increased up until 9 p.m.  Last year eastbound, delays began at Noon and steadily increased until 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan 1- This will be a big travel day.   Anticipate westbound slowing up until Noon, and eastbound delays could begin by 1:00 and continue through early evening. 

Monday, Jan 2- This could be a very big travel day, and snow is in the forecast which throws a wild card into mountain travel.  Westbound traffic is possible from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Eastbound traffic is possible from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

Happy Holidays from GoI70.com!

December 22, 2016

Holiday Travel Forecast

Two of the biggest factors in I-70 travel are weather and accidents. A low traffic volume day can result in long delays if winter weather moves in or if an accident occurs.  Snow is in the forecast off and on from Thursday evening through Monday morning, so be prepared for snowy roads and slow travel!  Check CoTrip.org BEFORE you travel!

Looking at historical data and the weather forecast, here is what you might expect in the coming days:

Thurs, Dec 22- There will be volume today (and for the next week), but delays should not be significant. Snow is expected Thursday night.

Fri, Dec 23- Expect traffic westbound in the late afternoon and into the evening.

Sat, Dec 24- Traffic could be heavy between 6:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with delays at their peak around 8:00 a.m.  Afternoon delays should not be significant, but might occur in the 2:00-5:00 p.m. timeframe.  Snow is in the forecast for Saturday night.

Christmas Day-Traffic is typically spread out on Christmas Day, but there might be some light volume westbound in the late afternoon and into the evening.  Expect snow throughout the day.

Mon, Dec 26-Westbound traffic from 6:00 a.m.-Noon is likely.  Eastbound traffic is possible from 2:00-7:00 p.m.

Tues, Dec 27- Expect heavy westbound traffic from 6:00-11:00 a.m.  Eastbound delays are likely in the 2:00-7:00 timeframe.

Happy Holidays from GoI70.com & the I-70 Coalition!

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

Are you prepared for the Traction Law? With snow in the forecast, it will likely be in effect this weekend. When implemented, the law requires motorists to have snow tires, mud/snow (M+S) tires, or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle. All tires must have minimum 1/8 inch tread.  For more info, check out this video compliments of CDOT.

Weekend Travel Forecast
Our friends at OpenSnow.com are forecasting snow from Saturday through much of next week.  With powder days come potentially challenging road conditions, so 1) check your tires, 2) travel off peak, 3) take it slow and 4) enjoy the fresh snow!  Based on this same weekend in recent years, here is what you might expect for traffic patterns this weekend.


Friday WB
– Traffic volume will not be significant, but the weather could very possibly cause slowing. Expect snow packed/icy roads on the high passes.

Saturday WB - Expect moderate to heavy traffic volume between 6:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with peak traffic around 8:00 a.m. If the snow is falling, plan for slower travel speeds.

Sunday WB - No volume-related delays are expected.

Saturday EB- This weekend last year there were 30 minute eastbound delays between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.  Be prepared for winter driving conditions. 

Sunday EB – Based on the historical data, traffic will likely build around 2:00 p.m., peak around 5:00 and drop off by 7:00 pm.  Be prepared for winter driving.

 Check CoTrip.org or call 511 to learn the status of traffic before you head out.

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.


 

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