UPDATE: 1/11/13 2:39 p.m.
Rim Rock Drive has been reopened after the latest storm prompts officials to limit traffic for about five hours.
The Colorado National Monument received more than 6 inches of snow, and strong winds are blowing that snow around, causing drifts, Monument officials say.
They urge you be careful if you're driving on Rim Rock Drive and watch out for snowplows.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – The first winter storm of 2013 forces the Colorado National Monument to close part of Rim Rock Drive.
No one--including pedestrians and cyclists-- will be able to access the road between Independence Monument Overlook to DS Road until after the storm has subsided. Then crews must plow, sand and clear the road, which they hope to do within 24 hours after the snow stops.
As the roads are cleared, three traffic gates at 16 ½ Road, Independence Monument Overlook and west of DS Road will block off Rim Rock Drive.
Monument officials say all Glade Park traffic should use DS Road or Little Park Road while 16 ½ Road at Rim Rock Drive is closed. They recommend Glade Park residents should always used DS Road on east Rim Rock Drive during active storms.
Te duration of the storm is the real problem. Monument officials say the closure could last a few hours to a few days.
If you need more information about road closures and storms, call the Colorado National Monument’s Winter Information Hotline at 970-858-3617, ext. 402.
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