High winds blast Colorado's Front Range

| 1/8/2007

High wind warnings were back in effect Monday, Jan. 8, along parts of Colorado’s Front Range after gusts of up to 89 mph were clocked on Sunday.

Eastbound U.S. Highway 36 was closed at mid-morning Monday due to high winds and blowing, drifting snow. Portions of State Highways 72 and 128 were also shut down.

At higher elevations, crews fired artillery rounds Sunday to trigger avalanches before they could pose a threat to traffic. On Saturday, eight people had to be rescued on U.S. Highway 40 near Berthoud Pass when an avalanche buried their cars, according to The Associated Press.