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Blizzard conditions close multiple roads in eastern Colorado

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A powerful spring snow storm has caused multiple road closures on Colorado's eastern plains.

High wind warnings and blizzard warnings have been issued across eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Blizzard conditions are expected to last through Saturday morning.

CDOT said that I-70 has been closed from Limon to the Kansas border with no estimated time of reopening. The closure is extending to Airpark Road as of 3:50 p.m.

The department also said that US 24 is closed from Calhan to Limon due to blizzard conditions. Colorado 287 from Limon to Kit Carson is also closed.

Highway 70 is closed from Limon to Ordway with no estimated time of reopening. US 385 from Julesburg to Cheyenne Wells is also closed. 

Empty and light high profile vehicles are not being allowed on I-76 from Sterling to Nebraska because of high winds. There is no word when that restriction will be lifted.

You can check current driving conditions with CDOT here. 

US 6 is closed a Loveland Pass for multiple spin outs and crashes.

CDOT is asking drivers who are taking back roads to drive for the conditions and wear seat belts. CDOT is advising drivers not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office tweeted a video explaining the conditions and warning drivers that the roads are closed for safety and that there are consequences for ignoring the barricades. Stranded drivers who are inside the barricades are subject to fines and points off of their licenses according to the deputy.

The adverse conditions have also caused the early closure of several schools. Big Sandy schools will be closing at 12:15 p.m. Calhan RJ1 will close at 1 p.m., as will Frontier Charter Academy.

Miami-Yoder School District JT60 also closed at 1:00 p.m. and canceled all evening activities. Edison 54JT is closing early at 1:30 p.m. because of high winds. 

Zero visibility may make travel next to impossible in eastern and northeastern Colorado through Saturday morning.

High wind warnings remain in effect until midnight Friday. Gusts up to 65 mph are expected.

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