A rapidly intensifying low-pressure system moved across the plains overnight, bringing a dangerous combination of strong winds and blowing snow.
Wind-blown snow has collected along I-25 from Colorado Springs to Pueblo overnight, but the worse morning commutes will be across the eastern plains on major highways like 24 and 50.
Blizzard-like conditions have travel through towns like Ordway, La Junta, and Limon nearly impossible this morning, and we would recommend sheltering in place through the morning until the winds let up and the snow moves farther east.
The majority of the day will stay very cold and windy with highs in the 30s and wind gusts in the 20 to 40 mph range.
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6:15 AM: Highway 50 completely snow-covered
6:00 AM: Castle Rock on Accident Alert Status
5:30 AM Update: I-70 remains closed for safety
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4:15 AM Update: I-70 CLOSED east of Denver at Limon
⚠ I-70 Closure just east of Denver ⚠— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) December 13, 2022
Starting to see several highway closures east/northeast of Denver. Travel conditions will continue to deteriorate today.
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There are multiple road closures in the eastern plains. The main one will be I-70 from the east side of Denver, through Limon, all the way out through the Kansas border. Locally, Highway 94 and parts of Highway 40 are closed.
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