Highway 82, over Independence Pass, is set to close at 7 p.m.
'Tis the season for the snow to hit the high country. And meteorologists are predicting a storm with accumulation for Friday night through Sunday. Independence Pass will close on Friday, November 13, at 7 p.m. Until that time, the pass is open to traffic. Please use caution as conditions are still snow-packed and icy.
Prepare yourself and your car for snowy and icy conditions this fall and winter. Storms can often be predicted with plenty of time for preparation. Though unexpected storms can occur as well. Colorado has traction laws in effect, and here are some tips on preparing for winter on the roads.
Independence Pass is a stretch of Highway 82 connecting Aspen, Colorado, and Twin Peaks, Colorado. It is a stunning drive known for its local birds, wildlife, wildflowers, and rocky splendor. Colorado natives, as well as visitors, enjoy the scenic drive and recreational activities such as hiking and snowshoeing.
"The Independence Pass corridor is notable for passing through three major life zones—the montane, subalpine, and alpine, each of which has specific characteristics determined by elevation. In addition, the Roaring Fork River and its tributaries support riparian ecosystems along their banks. From the harsh, windblown tundra at the summit of the Pass, to the lush oxbow meadows of the North Star Nature Preserve, the Pass corridor presents a wide variety of flora and fauna which are characteristic of high valleys in the Rocky Mountains," writes the website.
For updated conditions and closures, visit www.independencepass.org. From this site, you can also select to receive road conditions/closures alerts.