Winter weather causing havoc in Kansas, Colorado, Utah

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Interstate 70 from Goodland to the Colorado border is closed because of winter weather conditions in Colorado and expected snow in western Kansas. (©2019 FOTOSEARCH)

Truckers beware. The weather is causing havoc with travel in Kansas, Colorado and Utah.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says Interstate 70 from Goodland to the Colorado border is closed because of winter weather conditions in Colorado and expected snow in western Kansas.

The interstate was closed about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after parts of the interstate were shut down in eastern Colorado, where snow and high winds were creating blizzard conditions.

A blizzard warning was in effect until 6 p.m. in Sherman and Cheyenne counties in western Kansas. The National Weather Service says snow accumulations of 1 to 5 inches are possible, with light ice accumulations and winds gusting up to 50 mph.

Meanwhile, snow and strong winds have caused hazardous travel conditions throughout much of Wyoming.

A 100-mile section of Interstate 80 was closed Tuesday morning between the small cities of Rock Springs and Rawlins because of blowing snow.

Officials reopened a section of Interstate 25 that had been closed because of the snow but said conditions were still hazardous.

The storm that dumped show across the state over the long holiday weekend was moving out.

But the National Weather Service says another storm will bring more snow to northwest Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that the storm had caused traffic accident and power outages in Colorado and even an avalanches in Utah.

Colorado state troopers reported more than 200 crashes on highways in the last three days.

Stretches of Interstate 70 were closed Tuesday, preventing travelers headed from near the Kansas border from reaching the Denver area.

Winds in some places were gusting up to 45 mph and creating blizzard conditions.

The snow has been fairly light but the wind is pushing it across roadways, hurting visibility.

The storm has also shut down schools and military installations in and around Colorado Springs, including Fort Carson and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

 

 

 

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