COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado State Patrol re-opened I-25 northbound between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock after a crash and blizzard conditions. Highway 83 northbound also back open.
Heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions are in store for us today. Blizzard conditions are forecasted for northern El Paso County to Denver and east on Highway 24 to Limon. The News5 and the First Alert 5 Weather Team will keep you updated on the impacts. We'll update this blog as necessary.
The Colorado Springs Police Department is on Accident Alert status. If you are involved in an accident with no injuries and drugs or alcohol are not suspected factors in the crash, you are asked to exchange information and report the accident online. This goes into effect when there are a high number of accidents and not enough resources to go around, or when there’s a large incident and officers are unavailable.
The storm is pulling away from Colorado this evening, with the low pressure center now moving into western Kansas and Nebraska. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight for northern El Paso County, and a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through midnight for Teller County. Outside of these areas, precipitation will continue to diminish over the next couple of hours, leaving us windy and cold.
Colorado State Patrol has closed I-25 northbound between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock due to blizzard conditions. "Simply put, snow falling too heavy to keep up with it. Add the wind and conditions are too dangerous for travel. Mother Nature will be deciding when we can open."
Colorado State Patrol now says both directions of the interstate are now open, but winter weather conditions persist north of Monument Hill. Open our interactive traffic map for the latest.
Southbound I-25 between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs is closed due to multiple crashes amid blizzard conditions. CDOT has not announced any possible time for the road to reopen following clean-up. Colorado State Patrol says all secondary roads in the area are blocked as well.
I-25 southbound from Castle Rock is closed due to crash involving multiple semi-trucks.
Right now, the storm is intensifying. Snow levels remain near to slightly above 6,000 feet this morning. We continue to see periods of heavy, wet snow on the north side of Colorado Springs. Down south, it has been primarily rain from Widefield to Fountain. Snow totals so far are highest across northern El Paso County into Teller County.
Snow levels so far today are hovering near to slightly above 6,000 feet. Latest snowfall totals show the highest amounts from Teller County into northern El Paso County. #cowx pic.twitter.com/yQ0fU9rD5d— Alan Rose (@AlanRoseWX) March 19, 2020
Current radar is showing mostly rain from Widefield south into Fountain. Heavy, wet snow is falling from just east of Briargate up to Black Forest. As the storm picks up steam, expect the wind to become a bigger story throughout the day.
Another crash reported on northbound I-25 south of Garden of the Gods. Wet roads are being reported. CLEARED
A crash is reported on on southbound I-25 just north of Nevada. Use caution and keep in mind of standing water on the roadway. CLEARED
The City of Colorado Springs says there is a full call out on plow crews across the city. In Colorado Springs, snow plows focus on two routes: primary and secondary.
Primary routes are the ones that see more traffic flow and these roads have to be cleared first. Some examples of primary routes include Woodmen Road, Academy Boulevard and Platte Avenue. City crews do not work on I-25, Highway 24 or Powers Boulevard because it is treated by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging commuters to avoid travel through the I-25 Gap during this time. High wind speeds are expected throughout the morning.
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Live traffic incidents can be found with our interactive traffic map.
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