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Craig briefs: Winter storm to possibly impair holiday travel

Winter storm to possibly impair holiday travelWinter storm to possibly impair holiday travel

Winter storm to possibly impair holiday travel

Motorists traveling in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Colorado and along the Interstate 70 corridor could expect travel impacts due to a storm that started on Christmas Eve.

The National Weather Service predicted the following.

■ The northern mountains and Steamboat Springs area could see 3 to 6 inches of snow starting this morning through Saturday. As much as a foot of snow is possible in the mountains by noon Saturday.

■ The southern and central mountains could get snow showers through Saturday morning with snow accumulations of 10 to 20 inches with higher amounts possible. U.S. 550, I-70, especially at Vail Pass, and all mountain passes will be affected.

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CDOT reminds motorists to allow for extra travel time and to always be prepared when traveling during winter weather events. Winter driving tips can be found online at coloradodot.info/travel/winter-driving.

Winter travel tips: Avoid a fine. Motorists should be aware the Traction Law (Code 15) and Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16) could be implemented if conditions require it. When either law is in effect, highway signage will be activated.

■ Traction law: Motorists will need snow tires, tires with mud/snow designation, or a four-wheel drive vehicle — all tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.

■ Passenger vehicle chain law: Every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (such as AutoSock).

Without proper equipment, you can be fined $130. If your vehicle blocks the roadway, you could be fined more than $650.

■ Know before you go. Visit CDOT's traveler information site at cotrip.org; sign up for "CDOT Alerts" in your chosen area by going to codot.gov and choosing the white envelope at the bottom of the page; log onto CDOT's Winter Driving web page at codot.gov/travel/winter-driving for road conditions winter driving tips and other information; or for I-70 West Mountain Corridor travel, visit goi70.com.

Holiday travelers save billions in gas moneyHoliday travelers save billions in gas money

Holiday travelers save billions in gas money

GasBuddy, the authoritative voice on pump prices, projects that consumers will save $1.6 billion on gas during year-end travels compared to last year, according to a news release.

According to the annual GasBuddy holiday travel survey, 88 percent of those heading out of town will be doing so by car, with a majority (66 percent) driving at least 200 miles round trip.

It wasn't long ago when motorists were paying well more than $3 per gallon during the winter months, a far cry from today's national average of $2.01, which has risen after hitting $1.99. Gas prices during the holidays haven't been this cheap since 2008, when few Americans noticed the low prices amid the Great Recession.

CDOT: Highway 9 safety work on hold for winterCDOT: Highway 9 safety work on hold for winter

CDOT: Highway 9 safety work on hold for winter

State Highway 9 safety improvements on hold for winter. The Colorado Department of Transportation announced it has completed this year's work for the safety and improvements project on an 11-mile segment of Colorado Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne. The work is expected to last until mid-July 2017, with a winter break through March. As of Wednesday, construction on Colo. 9 will be suspended for the winter. Some fencing work may be necessary to wrap up the project. No traffic impacts are expected through March 2016. If you have questions, contact the public information team at 970-724-4724 or sh9kremmling@publicinfo

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Indoor pickleball space available to seniorsIndoor pickleball space available to seniors

Indoor pickleball space available to seniors

The Senior Social Center now has an indoor place to play pickleball for the winter. Pickleball is now being played indoors from 8 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig. Inquire at the front desk. For more information, email Sue Eschen at ssneschen@yahoo.com.

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