Blizzard aftermath leaves highways closed

| 12/21/2006

A number of interstates in eastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming remained closed at midday Thursday after as much as two feet of snow fell Wednesday, much of it drifted by 40 mph winds.

In Colorado, Interstate 70 from Denver east to the Kansas border was still closed, as was much of Interstate 25 along the front range.

Interstate 76 from Denver to Nebraska was also shut down.

In Wyoming, portions of Interstate 80 and I-25 in the southeastern part of the state were still closed.

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens declared a state of emergency, activating the National Guard to assist stranded motorists.

Guardsmen also delivered diapers, formula and bottled water to the Denver airport where thousands of holiday travelers were stranded when the airlines shut down operations.