Blizzard impacts southern Colorado, leaves hundreds stranded

Colorado was hit by a blizzard Wednesday that brought hurricane-force winds. Several organizations around Southern Colorado have decided to close due to the weather. Interstate-25 will also be closed between Monument and the Castle Rock area until at least Thursday morning.

See the latest road conditions, forecasts and school closures with the links below. (Scroll down for updates)



Closures and delays

Live updates:

7:30 p.m.  CDOT says as of 7 p.m. that there are still about 200 vehicles stuck around the Palmer Divide area. The cleanup will take at least another four hours, and rescued motorists will be taken to nearby warming shelters. Vehicles that are towed will be taken to centralized locations.

The Colorado National Guard has deployed about 50 soldiers and airmen to help rescue people. They're using a special vehicle equipped for snow travel to transport motorists.

7 p.m. Colorado Springs police say they're in the process of moving abandoned cars from roadways across the north and east sides of the city. Motorists were still reported stranded on Hwy 24 near Peyton and on Hwy 94.

6:05 p.m. Officials with CDOT say I-25 will be closed between Monument and south of Denver through the night. There's a possibility of that stretch of highway reopening in the morning.

5:45 p.m.  Colorado Springs Utilities said it was dealing with 151 electric hazards and 118 outages with about 3,800 customers affected.

Motorists are still stuck on sections of I-25, Woodmen Road, and Highway 24 near Peyton. Emergency crews are working on rescues, but it's not clear when motorists can expect help.

4:45 p.m. Northbound I-25 is temporarily closed at N. Nevada, exit 148, while police and emergency crews help "50-100 NB vehicles stuck in traffic between Woodmen and N. Academy."

4:30 p.m. A Colorado State Patrol trooper has died after being struck during an accident investigation in Weld County.

3:20 p.m. The Colorado National Guard has been activated to help with search, rescue and life safety operations, according to Colorado Emergency Management. They will primarily focus on stranded motorists.

3 p.m. Hundreds of motorists are stranded on roads around southern Colorado. Emergency crews and CDOT crews are working to help people get back to shelter.

Mountain View Electric Association is also experiencing a widespread power outage that's affecting more than 18,000 people. There's no estimated time for the power to be restored.

2 p.m. Road closures continue throughout the area. No serious injuries have been reported, but the Colorado Springs Fire Department says a party needed to be rescued from the Manitou Incline. 

1:30 p.m. At about 1 p.m., a 96-mph wind gust was reported at the Colorado Springs Airport. The airport also announced that all of Wednesday's flights were canceled. At about 1:30 p.m., the Denver International Airport closed all of its runways.

Noon Power outages were reported throughout the day. At noon, more than 5,000 customers near Cimmaron Hills were affected by an outage.

Another power outage was reported shortly after at the Air Force Academy. Over 1,800 customers were impacted. 

Both power outages were restored just after noon on Wednesday.


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