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HWY 70 Denver to Moab mountainous & snowy in late March?

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HWY 70 Denver to Moab mountainous & snowy in late March?

So, my kid + a few more college kids who are not used to negotiating mountain roads (especially snow covered) want to drive a Honda Civic from Denver to Moab next week (late March).

What’s HWY 70 like? Mountainous, Windey & snowy this time of year (so better in a 4WD).

Already sweating thinking about it. ☹️

Route suggestions?

Thank you in advance

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1. Re: HWY 70 Denver to Moab mountainous & snowy in late March?

It can be. Not really “windy” but definitely mountainous and maybe snow packed. I’ve driven in snowstorms at the end of May. If it’s bad enough, there will be a traction law in effect and your son won’t be able to legally drive without snow tires or a 4WD/AWD. That being said, it could be sunny and 60 degrees. I don’t think it’s anything to stress over. Tell them to check the weather before they leave and be smart.

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2. Re: HWY 70 Denver to Moab mountainous & snowy in late March?

can also see tons of webams along the I-70 so they can see what road conditions are like

http://www.cotrip.org/map.htm

March is a snowy month but with that being said, if it isn't snowing and the temps are warm, then there will be nothing to the roads. My in-laws, in their 80s, just drove over Vail pass yesterday in a small campervan. We did check the weather prior but no snow and thus no problems.

Just keep an eye on weather conditions, webcams and if it does get REAL bad, then as mentioned, the traction law will come into play.

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3. Re: HWY 70 Denver to Moab mountainous & snowy in late March?

As others have said, have them download the CDOT app or use the website, and, if it’s snowing, wait.

Otherwise, it isn’t HWY70, it’s I-70. This is a Coast to Coast interstate with tens of thousands of cars, busses, tractor trailers and vehicles of all types traveling this route every month of the year.

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4. Re: HWY 70 Denver to Moab mountainous & snowy in late March?

While I70 is mountainous and twisty (regardless of the weather :-)) it is an interstate, four-lane, divided highway with wide shoulders and guard rails anywhere steep. CDOT works hard to keep it open all the time. If there is snow the traction law will be in effect. That means your car needs tires with a "mud and snow" rating and good tread. This is usually a "M+S" or "M&S" marking on the sidewalls. True snow tires with the mountain and snowflake symbol are not required. Good tread means at least 1/8". If the snow is really bad and CDOT calls a chain law situation, they really should stop and wait it out, even if that means overnight. Watch the weather, and if a storm moves in keep a close eye on cotrip.org or with the app. At the moment the forecast is for snow Monday night into Tuesday. Who knows what will really happen.

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5. Re: HWY 70 Denver to Moab mountainous & snowy in late March?

As Wheatie said, there is snow in the forecast next week.

As others have said, if I-70 is treacherous and the traction law is in place they won't be able to drive anyway.

Here are some links with info they need to know: https://www.codot.gov/travel/winter-driving

https:/…TractionLaw

https:/…winter-prepardness.html

Road/travel conditions: www.cotrip.org

They can also sign up for text alerts. https:/…get-connected.html

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