Blizzard in western U.S. closes interstates

| 12/20/2006

A blizzard that's expected to drop up to 2 feet of snow by Thursday, Dec. 21, has shut down interstates in Colorado and Wyoming.

At mid-afternoon Wednesday, Interstate 70 was closed from east of Denver, CO, to the Kansas border. Interstate 25 was closed in both directions at Denver, and Interstate 80 was closed from Cheyenne, WY, to the Nebraska border.

In Denver - for the first time in memory - heavy trucks were being required to chain up on at least four drive tires within the metro area after trucks were reported sliding off roads and ramps.

The same storm system is producing snow, ice and rain over a large area of the Great Plains and Rockies. One to 2 feet of snow was forecast for eastern Colorado, western Nebraska and southeast Wyoming.

Rain was also expected across much of the central part of the nation.