Winds and black ice cancel Red Rocks show, wreak havoc on mountain roads

The one-two punch of wind and freezing temps this morning is causing spin-offs and closing sections of I-70.

A local plow driver tells Krystal 93 at least three vehicles slid off Swan Mountain Road. She did not see any head-on collisions but reports one truck is trying to pull another from a ditch. Summit County Sheriff’s deputies are on scene.

At dawn today I-70 at Vail Pass briefly closed for spin-offs and icy conditions.

I-70 between Frisco and Silverthorne on a slick and windy Monday morning May 6. Courtesy

Winds are so bad, Red Rocks has canceled the May 6 show with Hippo Campus. Get your refund through the ticket seller.

Winter weather incoming

A winter weather advisory is good through 6 p.m. today, from Summit County south into Park County and north into Steamboat Springs.

Some areas could see up to 8 inches of snow.

Be ready for high winds and whiteouts at the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnels, Loveland Pass, Vail Pass, Hoosier Pass, Fremont Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass.

Today’s slick, windy weather is a stark contrast from yesterday, when temps in Summit hit 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Temps on the Front Range nearly hit 80.

The past few days have been the windiest since mid-April, and windier than any day this March.

Winds are gusting over 35 miles per hour this morning at the Krystalized Weather Station in Dillon.

It’s blowing aver 40mph up high at Arapahoe Basin, and over 50mph at Breckenridge Peak 6 and Vail’s China Bowl.

Most of the state is getting nuked by heavy winds. CDOT has closed sections of I-25 to high-profile commercial vehicles:

  • I-25 Northbound and Southbound mile post 0-58 (Las Animas/Huerfano Counties)
  • I-25 Northbound and Southbound mile post 116-163 (El Paso County)