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'Whiteout, Brutal Conditions' On I-70, Closures In Colorado Mountains, Foothills & Out East

(CBS4) - Authorities shut down Interstate 70 in Colorado's foothills during the blizzard that slammed the state on Sunday. Things weren't going well on the Eastern Plains, either.

As of 10:45 a.m. I-70 had weather-related closures in the following areas:

- From Golden to Floyd Hill (at the border of Clear Creek County and Jefferson County)
- Airpark Road in Aurora all the way to Burlington near the Colorado-Kansas border
- Eastbound Silverthorne to Georgetown

Blizzard Warning I-70
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Officials with the Colorado State Patrol said in a tweet that conditions on Floyd Hill were: "whiteout brutal conditions."

Some drivers from out of state have been trying to get to Colorado ski resorts in the midst of the snowstorm. A family from Orlando, Florida, told CBS4 they took a detour off I-70 and got stuck in the snow.

"We're heading up to Breckenridge to do some skiing. The girls had to use the restroom. We couldn't make it up the hill with the two-wheel drive truck, so we backed up and he put it in the ditch," said one of the family members.

Driver Gets Stuck In Colorado Snowstorm
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"What advice would you give to other people if this was their first time driving in the snow?" asked CBS4's Justin Adams.

"If you're going to rent a vehicle, make sure it's 4-wheel drive, not 2-wheel," he replied with a laugh. "Other than that, hey, this is what it's about."

The family was able to borrow a tow rope and got themselves going again. But they likely won't forget their March ski trip to Colorado anytime soon.

According to Meteorologist Ashton Altieri, a Blizzard Warning, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories continue for many areas around the state with additional accumulation expected in all areas.

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