No Rest For The Weary–All 5 Passes Will Be Closed

1/17/23  Tuesday 7:30 pm

As I said earlier, I am not a fan of trying to forecast leftovers, I leave that up to the experts, as models are notoriously horrible at handling them.  I would not be surprised if snow picks up before midnight and is on and off through the night.

Equally, I would not be surprised if nothing develops.  In any event, it looks like all passes will be closed.

Here is a summary of the major road conditions:

❗️Closure Alert for Wednesday❗️
Expect closures on several mountain passes tomorrow morning, Wed., Jan. 18 while crews perform winter maintenance operations.  Do not attempt to bypass closed gates.
• US 160 Wolf Creek Pass, closure begins at 6 a.m. Westbound traffic will be stopped near the pass summit, west of the ski area (MP 169). Eastbound traffic will be stopped at Treasure Falls (MP 160).
• CO 145 Lizard Head Pass, closure begins at 8 a.m. Northbound traffic will be stopped just north of Rico (MP 49). Southbound traffic will be stopped near Trout Lake (MP 61).
• US 550 Coal Bank, Molas & Red Mt. Passes are currently closed. This closure began earlier on Tues. due to adverse weather and high avalanche danger. Crews plan to begin maintenance at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Northbound traffic is being stopped near Cascade Creek (MP 52). Southbound traffic is being stopped at Ouray (MP 92).
The exact times of opening these highways is not known and the closures may last for much of the morning or even throughout the day. Regional travelers should plan ahead, allow for extra travel time, or arrive and drive through the gates before the designated closure times. Visit for the latest information on road closures and conditions.

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