Stretches of I-25, I-70 will stay closed overnight after blizzard pummels Colorado


Due to blizzard conditions, high winds and drifting snow, the Colorado Department of Transportation will close stretches of Interstate 25 and I-70 until at least Thursday morning.

Those stretches are:

– I-25 from Monument to Ridgegate Boulevard

– I-70 from east of Denver to the Kansas state line.

“Motorists are urged to stay off the roads and stay home through tomorrow morning,” CDOT wrote in a news release.

Here’s a look at other road closures in the state:

Major highway closures:
To check local roads, check our traffic map near the bottom of this article
* I-70 from AirPark to Kansas
* I-70 eastbound at Vail (closed indefinitely now due to crash)
* I-70 eastbound in Aurora at Tower Road (not ETA for opening)
* I-70 from U.S. 6 to Golden (due to a crash)
* U.S. 36 from AirPark to Kansas
* I-25 from Wellington to Wyoming
* I-25 throughout Douglas County to Colorado Springs
* I-76 from Commerce City to Nebraska
* I-76 eastbound at Eagle Blvd. in Brighton (due to jackknifed semi)
* Peña Boulevard is shut down from I-70 to the airport
* Highway 24 from Calhan to Limon
* Arapahoe Road at Colorado Boulevard (due to a downed power line)
* La Veta Pass
* Wolf Creek Pass (due to avalanche work)
* Coal Bank/Molas Pass (due to avalanche work)
* CO Highway 17 at Cumbres Pass
* Lizard Head Pass (indefinite due to avalanche danger, driving conditions)
* U.S. Highway 40 from Kremmling to Kansas
* CO Highway 65 at Island Lake Road (due to avalanche)

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Wednesday’s blizzard conditions prompted Governor Jared Polis to declare an emergency and authorize the activation of the Colorado National Guard to help assist stranded motorists.

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There are over 184,000 people without power in the state. Conditions are so bad in some places like Arapahoe County that law enforcement is activating their snowmobile team to help.

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Also, no roads in Elbert County will be plowed due to lack of visibility, according to the Elizabeth Fire Protection District.

Shelters for the stranded/needy:

Accident Alert:
* Arvada
* Aurora
* Broomfield
* Colorado Springs
* Denver (110 crashes reported as of 3:30 p.m., according to DPD)
* Douglas County
* Fort Collins (until 6 p.m.)
* Lakewood
* Loveland
* Parker
* Thornton
* Unincorporated Jefferson County
* Westminster
* Wheat Ridge
“Accident Alert” means law enforcement will only respond if vehicles are disabled because of damage, the accident involved death or injury, alcohol or drugs are involved or there is damage to public property other than wildlife. If the accident doesn’t meet the above criteria, exchange information with the other driver and file an accident report online.
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Conditions at Denver International Airport:
* The latest update is from Wednesday afternoon
All six runways have been shut down at DIA. The airport is not technically closed, but no planes will be landing or arriving.
Peña Boulevard is shut down from 40th Avenue to the airport (40th is basically I-70). A Line trains are running from Union Station at the bottom and top of every hour, A Line trains are running from the airport at 27 past and 3 till. Travel to and from the airport will likely take an additional 15-20 minutes.
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CLOSINGS | Schools and business information can be found here

Head to this link on the city website for day and even overnight information

* Shelters are open at Fire Station 55 (Todd Creek) in Brighton

* Day shelters in Denver are open for anyone trying to avoid the winter storms.

* The fairgrounds in Douglas County have opened as a shelter – 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock

* Five shelters have been opened in El Paso County. If you need to get off the road, you can head to any of the shelters in this link

* Fort Collins activated their Emergency Weather Shelter Plan for Wednesday night. Anyone seeking shelter in town from the weather only need to find out more here

* Elbert County has opened a shelter at the fairgrounds – 95 Ute Avenue, Kiowa

* Larkspur has opened a shelter at New Covenant Fellowship – 77 Perry Park Avenue

* A shelter is open at Leeper Center in Wellington – 3800 Wilson Avenue

* Berthoud has opened a Red Cross shelter at the Berthoud Area Community Center (BACC) at 248 Welch Avenue.

You can also view the map below for a look at emergency operation centers around the state.

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Highest reported wind gusts (from the National Weather Service):
* Glen Haven: 92 mph
* DIA: 80 mph
* Manila Village: 77 mph
* Carr: 76 mph
* Brighton: 73 mph
* Strasburg: 70 mph
* Loveland: 64 mph
* Lone Tree: 61 mph
* Aurora: 60 mph

City & state offices closed:
* Denver (including libraries and City Council)
* Fort Collins
* Greeley
* Evans
* Lakewood (at noon)
* Sheridan
* Parker
* Golden
* Erie
* Louisville (at 1 p.m.)
* Westminster (including rec centers, golf courses and Standley Lake)
* Colorado Secretary of State’s Office ( online still available)
* Several courts are closed, including the 4th, 17th, 18th and 20th Judicidal Districts. The full list is on our closings page

Check the 9NEWS traffic map before you head out: 9NEWS traffic map to see current road conditions. That way you know exactly what to expect before leaving the house.

Don’t forget to bring your pets inside!

“Where are Denver’s snowplows?” – every Denverite during every snowstorm. To find out, city public works has provided this helpful link.

You can see the latest road closures, accidents and travel alerts from emergency agencies throughout the state below. The feed will update live throughout the day.