Nov 16, 2013 5:14 PM by Zach Thaxton

Tumbling tumbleweeds choke eastern plains

High winds Saturday uprooted thousands of tumbleweeds, sending them rolling along the ground and blowing in the air across Colorado's eastern plains.  In eastern El Paso County, the rolling Russian Thistle bushes piled up higher than the entryway to Miami-Yoder Elementary school.  In Crowley County, the weeds blocked rural roadways as quickly as highway maintenance crews could attempt to clear them.  In Pueblo West, airborne tumbleweeds appeared to nearly block out the sky, as seen in a viewer video sent to News 5.  Gusts greater than 50 miles per hour contributed to the "storm" of tumbleweeds, but winds were expected to decrease in velocity into the evening hours Saturday, according to First Alert 5 Meteorologist Stephanie Ortmann.


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