NWS: Snow squall warning for southeastern Garfield County and west central Eagle County

National Weather Service

Eagle CO-Garfield CO
1007 AM MST Fri Dec 2 2022

Map of affected area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

  • Snow Squall Warning for…west central Eagle County in west central Colorado and southeastern Garfield County in west central Colorado
  • Until 1030 AM MST.
  • At 1006 AM MST, a dangerous snow squall was located along a line extending from 16 miles northwest of Gypsum to near Silt to near Parachute, moving southeast at 20 mph.

HAZARD…Flash freeze on roads. Intense bursts of heavy snow and gusty winds leading to blowing snow and rapidly falling visibility. Wind gusts up to 35 mph.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Dangerous and life-threatening travel conditions are expected to develop rapidly in the warning area.

This includes the following highways…
Interstate 70 in Colorado between mile markers 69 and 136, including Glenwood Canyon.
Colorado 13 between mile markers 1 and 5.
Colorado 82 between mile markers 1 and 7.

Locations impacted include…
Glenwood Springs, Rifle, New Castle, Silt, Parachute, Battlement Mesa, Dotsero and Shoshone.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Wet roadways will quickly freeze. Black ice will cause roads, bridges, and overpasses to become slick and dangerous. Slow down and be prepared for a sudden loss of traction.

If traveling on a highway, find the nearest exit or rest area and park safely away from traffic. Allow snow squalls to pass before attempting to resume travel.

NWS: Snow squall warning for southeastern Garfield County and west central Eagle County

GCSO: Rainbow Fentanyl uncovered in Garfield County – lethal risk

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

Rainbow fentanyl - photo courtesy Drug Enforcement Administration
Rainbow fentanyl – courtesy Drug Enforcement Administration

10.29.22 PRESS RELEASE – SPEAR (Special Problems Enforcement and Response), a newly established “Task Force” in Garfield County, recently seized several pills suspected of being Rainbow Fentanyl. The pills matched those pictured above, shown on a release by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Citizens are once again being reminded to watch out for Rainbow Fentanyl, an illegal drug (opioid) that has recently been released into our country in massive amounts. Investigators are being advised that local narcotics users and sellers are calling the narcotics “Skittles”.

The color, flavoring and sizing of the pill makes it appear innocuous. Logic tells us it was made to appeal to the younger members of our society, including teens and pre-teens or to appear as a harmless candy or mint if carried by a user or dealer.

With the holiday season approaching and multiple parties and gatherings taking place, you may stumble across someone using, sharing or distributing this illegal drug.

Make no mistake about it, Rainbow Fentanyl is an opioid, and while it may look harmless and appear as a treat, it is made without the strict government controls that assure proper dosage of medications, and therefore one tablet has the potential at any time of being lethal.

It is one of the jobs of law enforcement and other first responders to educate the public and make them aware of what to look for. As someone once said, “We don’t know what we don’t know.”

Help us as we battle this latest assault on our society and do not let yourself, a friend or a family member become yet another victim of the drug epidemic that is invading our country.

GCSO: Halloween precautions

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

10.24.22 PRESS RELEASE – With Halloween less than a week away, it is good to remember a few precautions that might keep you or your child from becoming a victim.

  1. While door-to-door trick or treating may be fun and exciting you are exposing yourself to the possibility of receiving “bad” treats, but also auto/pedestrian encounters that do not favor the pedestrian. The darkness of night provides opportunities for bullying and the potential for personal injury, accidental or otherwise. There is a higher probability of a personal attack at night.
  2. Whenever possible limit your trick or treating to established venues, shopping malls, churches, organized “Trunk or Treat” venues (often organized by municipalities or civil groups), etc.
  3. Even from these venues, do not accept or eat anything that is not “commercially wrapped”. Inspect the treats for signs of tampering. Check for unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers and throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  4. Be aware of the introduction of drugs that may look like candy, be brightly colored and even flavored to taste like mint, pineapple, strawberry or peach, etc. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), large quantities of fentanyl have recently entered our country with just these characteristics (see photo above).
  5. The DEA notes, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.  Just two milligrams of fentanyl, which is equal to 10-15 grains of table salt, is considered a lethal dose.  Without laboratory testing, there is no way to know how much fentanyl is concentrated in a pill or powder.
  6. Enjoy the holiday, but be smart, be careful and be aware.
GCSO: Rainbow Fentanyl uncovered in Garfield County – lethal risk

Garco911: I-70 westbound reopened

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

10.16.22, 1:27 pm – I-70 is open at mile-marker 130 West Bound, Glenwood Canyon.

Colorado Department of Transportation

10.16.22, 8:09 am – I-70 westbound is closed at Exit 133/Dotsero due to a semi crash in Glenwood Canyon. There is no estimate of reopening. Travelers are advised to use an alternate route. For updates, visit CDOT’s Glenwood Canyon closure page.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

10.16.22, 7:47 am – I-70 is closed at mile marker 130 westbound, Glenwood Canyon, due to an accident.

Garco911: I-70 westbound reopened

CDOT: Delays on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon today due to vehicle removal

Colorado Department of Transportation

Oct. 13, 2022, 9:10 a.m. – Motorists should plan for delays and occasional traffic holds on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon starting at 9 a.m. today. The traffic impacts are anticipated to continue throughout the day and into the early evening. The traffic impacts are due to work to safely remove a crashed tractor trailer.

The crashed commercial motor vehicle is in the median near Mile Point 119 (No Name), east of Glenwood Springs. I-70 will be open with one lane in each direction for eastbound and westbound traffic. Crews will work as quickly and safely as possible to remove the cargo from the CMV trailer before removing the entire vehicle. Motorists should anticipate occasional traffic holds as crews place or remove heavy equipment.

The crash took place yesterday, Wednesday, Oct. 12. Motorists should use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app to view travel impacts and, if necessary, plan an alternate route.

CDOT: Delays on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon today due to vehicle removal

Two I-70 closures in Glenwood

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

10.12.22, 9:02 am – I-70 is open between mile-markers 133 and 116 both directions, Dotsero to Glenwood Springs.

10.12.22, 6:59 am – I-70 is closed again, at mile-marker 116 eastbound, Glenwood Springs, due to an accident.

10.12.22, 6:53 am – I-70 is open at mile-marker 116 eastbound, Glenwood Springs. Westbound is still closed.

10.12.22, 6:14 am – I-70 is closed between mile markers 133 and 116 both directions, Dotsero to Glenwood Springs, due to an accident.

Two I-70 closures in Glenwood

Garco911 and CDOT: I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

9.14.22, 8:48 pm – I-70 is open between mile-markers 116-133 both directions, Glenwood Springs and Dotsero.

Colorado Department of Transportation

UPDATE – 9:00 p.m. (9/14) – The National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning for I-70 Glenwood Canyon has been lifted and I-70 is open. Motorists should continue to check weather conditions before traveling through the area.

9.14.22, 7:49 pm – STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning issued for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar and Glenwood Canyon. The warning is in effect until 8:30 p.m. tonight. Eastbound and westbound I-70 are closed from Glenwood Springs (exit 116) to Dotsero (exit 133), with a second closure point for westbound traffic at Eagle (exit 140). Eagle County residents will still have access to locations between exits 133 and 140 by using US Highway 6. On the west side of the canyon, motorists continue to have access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley.

Motorists should monitor weather forecasts to confirm when the Flash Flood Warning ends. The safety closure will continue to be in place until the Flash Flood Warning is lifted. The closure may stay in effect if weather conditions are unpredictable or if flash floods occur. A safety closure of I-70 is necessary as part of safety protocol to protect the traveling public from flash floods and mudslides in Glenwood Canyon.  Motorists should use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app to plan an alternate route.

7.14.22, 6:39 pm – Flash Flood Warning | Closed I-70 Glenwood Canyon MP 116-133

I-70 is closed in both directions between Exit 116 in Glenwood and Exit 133 in Dotsero. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek burn scar area in Glenwood Canyon. This closure is due to safety concerns. The roadway will remain closed until the Flash Flood Warning expires and the roadway is cleared for travel.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path and Rest Areas Closed

Rest areas and the recreation path along I-70 in Glenwood Canyon are closed. This closure will affect the Bair Ranch and Grizzly Creek rest areas due to weather forecasts calling for rainfall above the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

9.14.22, 6:37 pm – I-70 is closed between mile markers 116 and 133 both directions, Glenwood Springs and Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

9.14.22, 6:35 pm – Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
635 PM MDT Wed Sep 14 2022

Map of flash flood warning area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
The Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in…
Western Eagle County in west central Colorado…
East Central Garfield County in west central Colorado…

* Until 830 PM MDT.

* At 635 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Flash flooding
is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Glenwood Canyon area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…Glenwood Springs and Shoshone.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can
also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Garco911 and CDOT: I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon

NWS and CDOT: I-70 reopened; flash flood watch until 8 pm

Colorado Department of Transportation

TRAVEL ALERT | ROAD OPEN – I-70 Glenwood Canyon

UPDATE – 4:00 p.m. (8/21) – The National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning for I-70 Glenwood Canyon has been lifted and I-70 is open. Motorists should continue to check weather conditions before traveling through the area.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys – Flat Tops
321 PM MDT Sun Aug 21 2022

Map of flash flood watch area

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

  • WHAT…Flash flooding and debris flows caused by excessive rainfall are possible over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.
  • WHERE…Portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops.
    In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys.
  • WHEN…Until 8 PM MDT this evening.
  • IMPACTS…Heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area is expected up to and during the period of the watch. Residents near the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area should prepare for potential
    flooding impacts. Be sure to stay up to date with information from local authorities. Heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding of low-lying areas, urbanized street flooding, and debris flows in and near recent wildfire burn scars.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS…
  • National Weather Service Meteorologists are monitoring the potential for heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Flash flood warning ends, watch continues

Eagle CO – Garfield CO –
321 PM MDT Sun Aug 21 2022

FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IS CANCELLED FOR WESTERN EAGLE AND EAST CENTRAL GARFIELD COUNTIES.

The heavy rain has ended. Flooding is no longer expected to pose a threat. Please continue to heed remaining closures.

Garco911

8.21.22, 2:45 pm – I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116-133 both directions, Glenwood Exit/Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

8.21.22, 2:04 pm – I-70 is closed between mile-markers 114-133 both directions, West Glenwood Exit/Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

Colorado Department of Transportation

8.21.22, 2:47 pm – STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning issued for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar and Glenwood Canyon. The warning was announced by the National Weather Service at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug.21. As of 1:45 p.m.,the warning is in effect until 4:30 p.m. Eastbound and westbound I-70 are closed from Glenwood Springs (exit 116) to Dotsero (exit 133), with a second closure point for westbound traffic at Eagle (exit 140). Eagle County residents will still have access to locations between exits 133 and 140 by using US Highway 6. On the west side of the canyon, motorists continue to have access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley

A safety closure of I-70 is necessary as part of safety protocol to protect the traveling public from flash floods and mudslides in Glenwood Canyon. Motorists should monitor weather alerts to see when the Flash Flood Warning ends. The safety closure will continue to be in place until the Flash Flood Warning is lifted. The closure may stay in effect if weather conditions are unpredictable or if flash floods occur.

Motorists should use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app to plan an alternate route. The northern alternate route on US Highway 40 is recommended for most motorists. The northern alternate route will require approximately 2.5 hours additional travel time to reach your destination, compared to traveling on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area can reach the northern route via US Highway 40, Colorado Highway 9 or Colorado Highway 131. (When detouring north onto CO 9, motorists should anticipate construction at exit 205 in Silverthorne.) Travelers can then continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (exit 90). For eastbound I-70 motorists, a traffic control point is in place at eastbound West Rifle (exit 87) to guide motorists to the northern alternate route.  Before detouring onto any alternate route, motorists should refer to COtrip.org for the latest road conditions. By traveling on the recommended alternate route, motorists can avoid major delays caused by rough roads and other hazards.

Flash Flood Warning | Closed I-70 Glenwood Canyon MP 116-133

8.21.22, 1:55 pm – I-70 is closed in both directions between Exit 116 in Glenwood and Exit 133 in Dotsero. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek burn scar area in Glenwood Canyon. This closure is due to safety concerns. The roadway will remain closed until the Flash Flood Warning expires and the roadway is inspected for slides or damage.

National Weather Service

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
146 PM MDT Sun Aug 21 2022

Map of closure area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has extended the

  • Flash Flood Warning for…
    The Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in…
    Western Eagle County in west central Colorado…
    East Central Garfield County in west central Colorado…
  • Until 430 PM MDT.
  • At 146 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Glenwood Canyon area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

  • Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…Glenwood Springs, Shoshone and Dotsero.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

NWS and CDOT: I-70 reopened; flash flood watch until 8 pm

Flash flood warning for the Pine Gulch burn area

National Weather Service

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
3:42 p.m. MDT Tues, Aug. 16 2022

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a Flash Flood Warning for The Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area in Southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado North Central Mesa County in west central Colorado Until 8:00 PM MDT.

* At 3:42 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Pine Gulch Burn area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around
the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include… mainly rural areas of Southwestern Garfield and North Central Mesa Counties

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Flash flood warning for the Pine Gulch burn area

Garco911, NWS: I-70 reopened; flash flood warning expires, flash flood watch until midnight

8.15.22, 9:37 pm – I-70 is open between mile markers 133 – 116 westbound; Glenwood Canyon open both directions from Dotsero to Glenwood Springs.

8.15.22, 8:36 pm – STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning issued for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar and Glenwood Canyon. The warning was announced by the National Weather Service at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15. As of 6:00 p.m., the warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. Eastbound and westbound I-70 are closed from Glenwood Springs (exit 116) to Dotsero (exit 133), with a second closure point for westbound traffic at Eagle (exit 140). Eagle County residents will still have access to locations between exits 133 and 140 by using US Highway 6. On the west side of the canyon, motorists continue to have access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley

A safety closure of I-70 is necessary as part of safety protocol to protect the traveling public from flash floods and mudslides in Glenwood Canyon. Motorists should monitor weather alerts to see when the Flash Flood Warning ends. The safety closure will continue to be in place until the Flash Flood Warning is lifted. The closure may stay in effect if weather conditions are unpredictable or if flash floods occur.

Motorists should use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app to plan an alternate route. The northern alternate route on US Highway 40 is recommended for most motorists. The northern alternate route will require approximately 2.5 hours additional travel time to reach your destination, compared to traveling on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area can reach the northern route via US Highway 40, Colorado Highway 9 or Colorado Highway 131. (When detouring north onto CO 9, motorists should anticipate construction at exit 205 in Silverthorne.) Travelers can then continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (exit 90). For eastbound I-70 motorists, a traffic control point is in place at eastbound West Rifle (exit 87) to guide motorists to the northern alternate route. 

Before detouring onto any alternate route, motorists should refer to COtrip.org for the latest road conditions. By traveling on the recommended alternate route, motorists can avoid major delays caused by rough roads and other hazards.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

8.15.22, 8:34 am – I-70 is open at 116 eastbound, Glenwood Springs, westbound at Dotsero is still closed.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
736 PM MDT Mon Aug 15 2022

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT…

  • WHAT…Flash flooding and debris flows caused by excessive rainfall are possible over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.
  • WHERE…Portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops. In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys.
  • WHEN…Until Midnight MDT tonight.
  • IMPACTS…Heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area is expected up to and during the period of the watch. Residents near the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area should prepare for potential
    flooding impacts. Be sure to stay up to date with information from local authorities. Heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding of low-lying areas, urbanized street flooding, and debris flows in and near recent wildfire burn scars.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS
  • National Weather Service Meteorologists are monitoring the potential for heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Colorado Department of Transportation

8.15.22, 6 pm – STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning issued for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar and Glenwood Canyon. The warning was announced by the National Weather Service at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15. As of 6:00 p.m., the warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. Eastbound and westbound I-70 are closed from Glenwood Springs (exit 116) to Dotsero (exit 133), with a second closure point for westbound traffic at Eagle (exit 140). Eagle County residents will still have access to locations between exits 133 and 140 by using US Highway 6. On the west side of the canyon, motorists continue to have access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley

A safety closure of I-70 is necessary as part of safety protocol to protect the traveling public from flash floods and mudslides in Glenwood Canyon. Motorists should monitor weather alerts to see when the Flash Flood Warning ends. The safety closure will continue to be in place until the Flash Flood Warning is lifted. The closure may stay in effect if weather conditions are unpredictable or if flash floods occur.

Motorists should use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app to plan an alternate route. The northern alternate route on US Highway 40 is recommended for most motorists. The northern alternate route will require approximately 2.5 hours additional travel time to reach your destination, compared to traveling on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area can reach the northern route via US Highway 40, Colorado Highway 9 or Colorado Highway 131. (When detouring north onto CO 9, motorists should anticipate construction at exit 205 in Silverthorne.) Travelers can then continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (exit 90). For eastbound I-70 motorists, a traffic control point is in place at eastbound West Rifle (exit 87) to guide motorists to the northern alternate route. 

Before detouring onto any alternate route, motorists should refer to COtrip.org for the latest road conditions. By traveling on the recommended alternate route, motorists can avoid major delays caused by rough roads and other hazards.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

8.15.22, 5:18 pm – I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, Glenwood Springs to Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

8.15.22, 5:20 pm – Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
520 PM MDT Mon Aug 15 2022

Map of flash flood warning area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

  • Flash Flood Warning for…
    Southeastern Garfield County in west central Colorado…
    North Central Gunnison County in west central Colorado…
    Northwestern Pitkin County in west central Colorado…
  • Until 830 PM MDT.
  • At 520 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 0.25 to 0.75
    inches are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.

  • Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…Carbondale, Marble and Redstone.

This includes the following highways…Colorado 133 between mile markers 43 and 66.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.

Flooding is occurring or is imminent. It is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers, or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains. Campers and hikers should avoid streams or creeks.

Garco911, NWS: I-70 reopened; flash flood warning expires, flash flood watch until midnight

NWS: Flash flood warning for Pine Gulch Fire area in South Central Garfield County 

Radar valid at 2:27 pm MDT, August 15, 2022

Flash Flood Warning

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
2:05 PM MDT Monday, Aug 15, 2022

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
South Central Garfield County in west central Colorado…
Northern Mesa County in west central Colorado…

* Until 400 PM MDT.

* At 205 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain across the warned area. Between 0.4 and 0.8 inches of
rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin
shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow
moving through the North and South Dry Fork Creek and Kimball Creeks
to Roan Creek. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation
and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms
producing flash flooding.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams,
urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…
De Beque.

This includes the following streams and drainages…
Middle Dry Fork, Dry Fork Roan Creek, Kimball Creek, North Dry Fork

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Move away from recently burned areas. Life-threatening flooding of
creeks, roads and normally dry arroyos is likely. The heavy rains
will likely trigger rockslides, mudslides and debris flows in steep
terrain, especially in and around these areas.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.

&&

LAT…LON 3941 10863 3942 10863 3948 10856 3946 10833
3949 10828 3939 10827 3942 10824 3940 10820
3937 10826 3938 10821 3932 10821 3934 10830
3937 10830 3933 10838 3936 10841 3932 10841
3931 10844 3935 10845 3934 10852

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED
FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE

NWS: Flash flood warning for Pine Gulch Fire area in South Central Garfield County