Live Weather and Traffic Blog: a wet and snowy Thursday

Snow accumulation March 17, 2022
Posted at 5:56 AM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 14:27:13-04

COLORADO SPRINGS  — First Alert 5 is tracking wintry weather moving into southern Colorado this morning.

Rain has transitioned to snow overnight at elevations above 5,000 feet. Snow and rain will continue through the afternoon.

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Winter weather warnings and advisories still in effect

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Weather and Traffic Updates:

12:15 P.M. - I-25 Northbound has a right lane closed down due to a crash between Exit 2 and Exit 6

11:15 A.M. - A road closure again at I-25 Southbound between exit 11 and the start of I-25, CDOT says to expect long delays.

9:55 A.M. - I-70 has been reopened near Limon but whiteout conditions persist. Colorado State Patrol says travel is "highly discouraged."

9:50 A.M. - There's a stalled vehicle on I-25 Northbound between CO 105 and Exit 163, expect delays.

9:45 A.M. - A left lane is closed on I-25 Northbound near Exit 156 due to a spun out vehicle.

9:45 A.M. - I-25 Southbound is now reopen between the start of I-25 and Exit 11.

9:35 A.M. - I-25 Southbound is reopened between Exit 94 and Exit 91.

9:30 A.M. - I-25 Northbound is reopened between Exit 67 and 71 and at Exit 71 and CO165.

9:20 A.M. - I-25 is now closed down due to safety concerns near Raton Pass from the start of I-25 to Exit 11.

9:15 A.M. - Colorado Springs Police Department is on cold reporting status, which means for most minor accidents drivers should exchange information and file police reports online.

9:00 A.M. - Eastbound I-70 is closed west of Limon due to crashes.

8:20 A.M. - I-25 Northbound is closed between Exit 67 and 71 due to a crash.

8:15 A.M. - I-25 Northbound is reopened between US85 and Exit 132

8:10 A.M. - I-25 southbound is closed due to safety concerns between Exit 94 and Exit 91.

8:00 A.M. - The Limon Police Department is advising drivers to lower speeds, give space, and keep your lights on as roads out east are "not good this morning."

7:55 A.M. - I-25 Northbound is reopened between CO 105 and Exit 163.

7:50 A.M. - Colorado State Patrol Castle Rock is advising people to avoid travel at the I-25 Gap between Castle Rock and Monument due to road and weather conditions.

8:30 A.M. - Two left lanes are closed between Exit 181 and 182 on I-25 Northbound due to a crash.

7:45 A.M. - Holmes Middle School is closed due to a power outage. Power restoration time is not yet known.

7:40 A.M. - The right lane of I-25 Northbound is closed between US85 and Exit 132 due to a stalled vehicle.

7:35 A.M. - I-25 Southbound is closed between Colorado 165 and Exit 71 due to safety concerns.

7:30 A.M. - US24 Eastbound is closed between Harrisville Road and Barney Road due to a crash.

7:00 A.M. - The right lane is closed on I-25 near exit 163 due to a jack-knifed semi. Expect delays between CO 105 and Exit 163.

6:45 A.M. - It's not the biggest storm we've seen, but some areas around El Paso County have gotten some good snow. Palmer Lake leads with 7", followed by Monument and Divide with 6". Cripple Creek has seen just over 5" and Woodland Park is at 4".

6:30 A.M. - Douglas County is now on accident alert. Unless your crash involves drugs, alcohol, injuries, or your car is disabled, please report the incident online at

5:45 A.M. - Elbert County officials are urging people not to drive at the current time, as visibility conditions have deteriorated.

5:30 A.M. - The snow and rain came in overnight, leaving icy and snowy road conditions around Southern Colorado

Track this storm through the morning, including snow totals and updated forecasts, on the First Alert 5 Weather stream, which can be viewed on the KOAA News5 app for your Roku, FireTV, AppleTV or AndroidTV.

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