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Old 02-13-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX!
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driving through colorado in the first week of march just wondering how i-70 tends to be. i know it all depends on weather, im from mn so snow driving is nothing new, but mountains, those we dont have....
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:25 PM
 
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It's either good or bad...depends on the day.

I wouldn't worry about the snow or mountains as much as timing your trip to avoid ski traffic.
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Ski traffic may be the main thing to worry about. Spring break in ski country can be a challenge. If you can avoid heavy travel times (Friday evening/Sunday afternoon) you should be OK.
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Old 02-14-2010, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Coming down from Black Hawk tonight was a real treat.

On the way up, nice dark sky, no clouds.

Coming down, snow, blowing snow, fog, driving 10 mph with the hazards on.

Good fun. Just to give you an idea of what can happen.
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:22 AM
 
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It can either be completely dry or a nightmare hell like what I went through in March 2003 with the superstorm that dumped almost 10 feet of snow and caused two avalanches on I-70.

There is no way to give you a precise account of what it could be like.

The best thing to do is the plan to stay over in Denver, check the weather and CDOT website and if it's clear than go for it. If a storm is going on up above then stay in Denver as most March storms end in a day or two. Pretty simple really.
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:37 AM
 
Location: CO
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March *is* the snowiest month on the Front Range; when it does snow, the snow amounts can be tremendous, and snow is not rare or unusual in March. That's not to say that there is always snow on the road in March. Just be aware that if a storm comes through, conditions can be treacherous, or the road even closed, until the plows and sunshine get it cleared.

As everyone else has said, check the forecasts and road conditions and be flexible.
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Old 02-14-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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It can either be completely dry or a nightmare hell like what I went through in March 2003 with the superstorm that dumped almost 10 feet of snow and caused two avalanches on I-70.
I will NEVER forget that! We skied @ Copper March 17 and left early because the storm was coming. Got home around 4 pm, it started to snow and didn't stop for 2 days. We got 48" at our house.

In any case, as others have mentioned COtrip.org is where you need to go for road conditions.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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Good advice above and I'll toss in one more tidbit. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. It seems the local newscasts thrill in showing "spring breakers" (often from TX or KS) who were driving in the mountains, dressed in cut-offs, tank tops/halter tops and flip flops, when a storm stopped them in the Silverthorne area. It may be sunny and bright in the front range, but conditions change rapidly.
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:26 PM
 
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I will NEVER forget that! We skied @ Copper March 17 and left early because the storm was coming. Got home around 4 pm, it started to snow and didn't stop for 2 days. We got 48" at our house.

In any case, as others have mentioned COtrip.org is where you need to go for road conditions.
I have one long story I can tell about that. I should digitize the pictures from the 36 hours I went through. It was a feat of driving I don't think many could match. I was right in the middle of it on I-70 and US 285.

You can still see the remains of the two avalanches just west of Silver Plume that buried the interstate.
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:30 PM
 
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Good advice above and I'll toss in one more tidbit. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. It seems the local newscasts thrill in showing "spring breakers" (often from TX or KS) who were driving in the mountains, dressed in cut-offs, tank tops/halter tops and flip flops, when a storm stopped them in the Silverthorne area. It may be sunny and bright in the front range, but conditions change rapidly.
Excellent point. It might be bright and sunny in Denver and a raging storm at the tunnel or on the other side of Vail Pass.

Main thing I think is to be informed with weather forecasts and CDOT road info and not to take unnecessary risks.
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