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Blizzard conditions challenge drivers

Driving A Challenge Across Colorado

FALCON, Colo. - Wintry conditions took Colorado roads by storm on Saturday, shutting down roads in the southern and eastern part of the state.

"I came from up north in Black Forest and the snow, and when you're coming south the wind and the snow are moving with you so you never get out of a cloud of snow," said driver Bob Fant.

"They are really bad, they're horrible, they're extremely icy and your visibility is 10 feet," said driver Justin Savka.

Savka is used to treacherous driving conditions but said Saturday's storm created the worst driving conditions he'd seen in four years.

Blowing snow and wind gusts exceeding 50 mph shut created white-out conditions on Highway 24 east of Falcon. A KRDO News Crew on the road couldn't see past the hood of its vehicle at times.  CDOT shut down Highway 24 from Calhan to Limon because of low visibility.

Low visibility on Highway 24 forced Justin Savka to turn back.

"I can't even make it home. I heard roads in town are better. I'm going to go stay with my brother," said Savka.

Slick conditions proved too much for a veteran truck driver.

"Pretty much, the roads, the wind, it's making it invisible for us to drive so my advice to people is stay at home with your families until it all clears up and everything," said Kris Cobb.

Fant wished he'd heeded the warnings.

"I don't know if I would have come out if I knew it would be this bad," said Fant.

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