It was perhaps 21°F (-6°C) as Scarlett and I transited the metro area using the US6 super slab to get to the city of Golden where we continued on US6 as it became a two lane canyon road with lots of twists and turns as it followed Clear Creek.
There were very strong winds coming at us from both the north and west, winds that didn't help Scarlett's performance as she fought her way through the headwinds and the gradually increasing slope of the road as we gained altitude towards the gambling town of Black Hawk.
After transiting Black Hawk, we were further slowed by the sight of wet looking roads and temperatures in the low 20s. Never did encounter ice but I still slowed the pace to at or slight below posted speed limits just to make sure.
I tanked up a few miles south on CO72 from Rollinsville itself. Moving onwards, I could see the mountain peaks to the west were completely covered by snow clouds; so much for taking pictures of snow-clad peaks!
Still, we continued onwards towards the eastern end of the Moffat tunnel along Tolland Road. This road was for the most part ice and packed snow covered. There were more cagers than I thought there would be on this road too. Apparently, the trails were attracting many hikers and the trail head parking lot was of course near where I was headed.
The winds which had slowed Scarlett and I down since Denver hadn't abated, and now that we were at altitude they were picking up ground snow and throwing it as us in large swirls and eddies. There were times, in fact, that the blowing snow basically appeared as dense fog.
Still, we made it to the vicinity of the Moffat railroad tunnel's eastern opening with no issues. The trailhead parking lot was full in spite of the suboptimal weather conditions.
Eastern end of Moffat Tunnel
Sorry for the quality, I was shooting straight into wind-driven snow
particles which stung exposed skin
The high winds caused the 16°F (-8/8°C) temperatures in the area to feel much colder to me so I didn't linger long at the above location.
Scarlett and I motored away from the trailhead's parking lot and I found a spot to pose her so that I could shoot pictures and film while shielding the camera from the onslaught of snow particles carried by the gusty winds.
Here's a one minute video I shot of the conditions above to hopefully give you an inkling of the weather factors. I would have to say, they were sub-optimal.
We retraced our route back along Tolland Road towards the small settlement of Rollinsville. The roads on CO72 remained wet looking so progress was cautious on our part until we got back to Black Hawk where road conditions improved considerably.
Instead of heading back to Golden though, we turned from CO119 road onto US6 and towards Idaho Springs. We then got out of the mountains by using the US40 frontage road which parallels the I-70 super slab.
Not much to tell about the return trip, just slab riding with heavy weekend traffic. I was glad to get home, feeling tired and cold.