Avalanche up to 15 feet deep shuts down I-70 at Vail Pass

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DENVER (AP) - An avalanche up to 15 feet deep has closed Interstate 70 at Vail Pass after a round of crazy weather brought rain, snow and hurricane-force wind gusts to Colorado.

The slide happened at about 2:40 a.m. Tuesday in an area of the pass known as "the Narrows."

The Colorado State Patrol says a tractor-trailer carrying mail was caught in the slide but the driver wasn't injured. It says the avalanche danger increased there after unseasonably warm temperatures and rain and sleet on Monday were followed by heavy snow.

There's no estimate on when the pass will reopen.

The avalanche danger is expected to remain high in most of Colorado's mountains into at least Wednesday.

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