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.
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.
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.
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.