It was just before 8:30 a.m. that officials closed the highway due to the deteriorating road conditions, which during a whiteout likely contributed to two early-morning accidents.
The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office had the road closed at the County Road 24 intersection just west of Ridgway.
Emergency personnel from
Luckily, there were no injuries, including in a one-vehicle rollover just before dawn in which a pick up carrying four passengers was found on its side at mile marker 11.8, just inside the
The region is currently under a Winter Storm Warning until midnight tonight. Dallas Divide and the Uncompahgre Plateau are expected to experience periods of snow and widespread blowing snow with accumulation of 3 to 7 inches, according to the National Weather Service.