Latest winter storm brings more snow, wind to Colorado
DENVER ” Two storm systems moving across Colorado unleashed the latest in a rash of recent winter storms Sunday, dumping several inches of snow and whipping up strong winds on the eastern plains, creating white-out conditions that made travel dangerous.
Multiple accidents caused by blowing snow and icy roads closed southbound Interstate 25 at about Colorado 14 near Fort Collins for two hours Sunday morning. Master Trooper Ron Watkins of the Colorado State Patrol said there were no reports of injuries.
Watkins said Colorado 86 from Kiowa east to Interstate 70 was closed because of whiteout conditions. Snow drifts up to 3 feet and winds as strong as 60 mph were reported in the area, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.
A blizzard warning was issued for much of eastern and northeastern Colorado.
“With the storm, driving is hazardous all over the state,” Watkins said.
The State Patrol advised no unnecessary travel.
Glenda Clark, manager of the Flying J truck stop in Limon about 90 miles east of Denver, said people whose vehicles had slid off the highway were waiting at the truck stop’s restaurant for tow trucks. She said truck drivers headed east were fueling up, trying to beat the worst of the storm so they wouldn’t get stranded.
The good news for Coloradans tired after more than a month of frequent storms was that the snow was expected to move out of the state by Monday ” but not before dumping 6 to 10 inches in the mountains and on the plains.
Frank Cooper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a storm system that dropped south from Utah was spreading across western Colorado while a separate system was moving through the eastern part of the state, heading toward Kansas.
“With both these systems, you’ll see gradual improvement this evening,” Cooper said.
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