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Winter Storms, Avalanches Slow Travel in the Region

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Avalanches closed roads all throughout the state of Colorado, including on Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel

Snow from multiple winter storms in the area has caused traffic delays and road closures over the past week.

An accident and icy conditions closed a section of Highway 160 on Monday morning.  Lizard head pass was also closed for about four hours on Tuesday due to avalanche mitigation. Four other area passes have also been closed due to avalanches, and the Colorado Department of Transportation says in a statement that it plans to conduct both planned and unplanned avalanche mitigation work on several mountain passes through Thursday. The National Weather Service predicts another storm will move through the end of the week, with another 7 to 12 inches of snow predicted to fall in the mountains.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.