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Snow Puts Mount Evans Road Reopening In Question

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- It's unclear whether Mt. Evans Road will reopen for the season on schedule. According to the Forest Service, the road is scheduled to open on Friday, depending on weather conditions and snow removal.

Considering the snow falling in Colorado's mountains combined with a picture taken on Mt. Evans Road on Saturday, it's unclear whether road crews can clear the snow enough to open the scenic roadway to traffic.

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Mount Evans Highway on May 20, 2019. (credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

On Saturday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Joe Nicholson stood next to the massive snow drifts alongside the road. He was above Lincoln Lake at the time.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says crews are making good progress on the Mount Evans Road but whether it opens depends on this week's storms.

The top five mile section of road to the summit of Mount Evans typically closes at Summit Lake during the winter months.

The opening of Independence Pass near Aspen will likely be delayed. As for Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, park officials say they're waiting to see how much snow falls before an opening date is decided.

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(credit: White River National Forest)

The Forest Service also says some roads in the White River National Forest near Glenwood Springs remain closed because of heavy snow and debris from avalanches has covered some roads.

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