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Blizzards warnings end, roads remain closed across southern Colorado

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Chris Sorensen

Colorado’s remaining blizzard warnings were cancelled Tuesday morning shortly before 4:00 a.m., while numerous highways remain closed in the southeast quarter of the state due to conditions and safety concerns.

While some of the blizzard and winter storm warnings were cancelled as early as Monday evening, the National Weather Service lifted the remaining alerts Tuesday morning. Cancellations  were issued at 3:38 a.m. Blizzard warnings remained in effect for southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, and portions of northern Texas as the storm moved northeast toward the great lakes. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect across an area stretching from for northern Oklahoma to Michigan.

Map of United States weather alerts for January 9, 2024 - NWS


The impacts of Monday’s storm, which brought snow and wind gusts as high as 70 miles per hour to southeast Colorado, continued to be felt by would-be travelers in the area. Highways and local roads remained closed due to blowing snow and safety concerns. Interstate 70 remained closed in both directions at 4:30 a.m. from just west of Denver to the Colorado-Kansas border.

Most major highways out of Colorado are closed in the southeast, though Highway 50 has reopened. Snowy and icy spots remain.

Map of road closures in eastern Colorado as of 4:30 a.m. January 9, 2024 - CDOT


The next round of winter weather arrives Thursday. While some snow is possible, extreme cold is the major concern. Thursday’s high temperatures will largely remain below freezing and is expected stay there through Monday night. Parts of Colorado’s eastern plains will see negative single digits Saturday and Sunday nights, and wind chill will be a concern. A slight warming is predicted for the middle of next week.

Some Colorado Department of Transportation plow trucks were active during the early morning hours Tuesday, with the effort expected to increase as rested drivers return to the roads.

As of 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, the following roads are closed due to severe weather conditions such as blowing snow, high winds, and poor visibility:

  • I-70 Eastbound, Mile Point 292 to Mile Point 449, East Airpark Rd. to Kansas border
  • I-70 Westbound, Mile Point 449 to Mile Point 437, Kansas border to Burlington
  • US 24 Mile Point 456 - Mile Point 457 Burlington to Kansas border 
  • US 36 Mile Point 210 to Mile Point 224, Idalia to Kansas border
  • US 40 Eastbound Mile Point 386 to Mile Point 487, Limon to Kansas border
  • US 160 Mile Point 345 to Mile Point 497, Trinidad to Kansas border
  • US 287 Mile Point 0 to Mile Point 75, Oklahoma border to Lamar
  • US 287 Soutbound Mile Point 133 to Mile Point 75, Kit Carson to Lamar
  • US 385 Mile Point 187 to 216, US-36 to Burlington
  • US 385 Mile Point 187 to Mile Point 95, Burlington to Granada
  • CO 96 Mile Point 166 to Mile Point 207, Eads to Kansas border
  • CO 109 Mile Point 0 to Mile Point 52, US 160 to La Junta

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