Colorado weather: I-70 is stopped west of Golden, and Denver highways could get nasty

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Interstate 70’s westbound lanes were closed at Exit 259, just west of Golden, as of 3:13 p.m. on Thursday, according to Colorado Department of Transportation. The highway also was closed in both directions at mile marker 248, west of Evergreen, due to a multi-car crash.

Snow day, Nov. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Snow on Nov. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Snowy conditions in the mountains were causing significant delays, according to Colorado Department of Transportation. Forecasts have called for up to a foot of snow in the mountains and a couple inches in Denver.

The weather may already be contributing to crashes. Two people have died and a semi-trailer flipped in three different crashes, the Denver Post reported, though the causes remain under investigation and are not definitively linked to the weather at this time.

In the mountains, Matt Kroschel of CBS4 reported a twenty-car collision at 3:05 p.m.