Both lanes of U.S. 40 reopened after avalanche near Winter Park

Both lanes of U.S. 40 are reopened after an avalanche Tuesday afternoon near Winter Park.

The Colorado Department of Transportation reported that both directions of U.S. 40 were reopened between Henderson Mine Road and Robins Roost at 5:06 p.m. They were initially closed for several hours after an avalanche occurred three miles east of Winter Park.

Trooper Gabriel Moltrer with Colorado State Patrol said a dispatcher logged that both lanes were blocked by the snow slide at 1:28 p.m., with a road closure shortly thereafter.

At 1:36 p.m., Grand County Sheriff’s Office advised that a vehicle may be stuck in the snow, but “that is the only word that I have on that,” Moltrer said in a phone call. At 4:54 p.m., a Grand County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson confirmed no vehicle was stuck.

Deputies at Winter Park showed up at the scene to help, describing snow as eight feet deep and spread over 100 yards, Moltrer said.

At about 2:30 p.m., two CDOT vehicles had arrived.

This is a developing story.

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