The Colorado Department of Transportation closed Independence Pass on Thursday morning because of snowfall and adverse conditions (more than 6 inches of snow and snow drifts as high as 4 feet). The pass closure includes the area from just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes, about 18 miles, according to a press release.
With several more inches of snow, blowing snow continuing and a storm forecast for Sunday and Monday, CDOT will be keeping the pass closed during the weekend. On Monday, crews will determine if a re-opening of the pass is feasible and safe prior to the target Thursday closure.
At this point, it is likely that this early seasonal closure will remain in place, but motorists are advised to check CDOT’s traveler information site at www.cotrip.org before making travel plans. For road condition information, the public also may call 511 within the state.