Snowstorm puts a layer of white on Rocky Mountain roads

| 3/20/2003

A storm has dropped up to 3 feet of snow in some parts of Colorado and Wyoming, closing highways and shutting down business, state governments and most transportation, according to media reports.

The Colorado DOT’s road conditions Web site listed dozens of road restrictions, including six different areas along I-70, which cuts through the state east to west through the capital city of Denver, and dozens of other roadways.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol had already dealt with more than 100 accidents by the evening of March 17, The Associated Press reported, and more than 90 snowplows were working 12-hour shifts to clear I-70 through Colorado. The Rocky Mountain News reported that the interstate had been reopened several times, but then was closed as more snow pounded the area.

The National Weather Service still carried Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Warnings and Avalanche Warnings throughout the mountain portions of Colorado, and even showed hazardous weather warnings over the plains areas in the eastern part of the state. Blowing snow was predicted to continue in Denver through the evening hours of March 19, but was expected to end by Thursday. However, a chance of additional snowfall will continue in some mountain areas and the southeastern plains through this coming Tuesday.