Snow closes roads, strands students; Warm-up on the way
DENVER — Blowing snow and white-out conditions developed on Colorado’s eastern plains Tuesday night forcing the Colorado Department of Transportation to close several highways.
The El Paso County Sheriff says about 60 students were stranded by the storm at Miami Yoder school. A Twitter post indicated they were fine Tuesday night.
Students at Miami Yoder are safe with school staff supervision and supplies. Automated phone message has been sent to parents by the school—
(@EPCSheriff) February 27, 2013
As of Wednesday morning, parents were able to come to the school to pick up their children.
I-70 was closed from Aurora to Burlington in both directions. That closure was lifted early on Wednesday. I-25 from Wellington to the Wyoming border was also closed because of blowing snow Tuesday night. That closure was also lifted on Wednesday morning.
Light snow continued to fall in the Denver area Tuesday night but accumulation was light.
Chief Meteorologist Dave Fraser says once the sun went down the snow started to stick to roads. Driving turned treacherous in many places, and remained that way Wednesday morning.
Watches & Warnings
The sun is expected to slowly return Wednesday, but temps will stay chilly with highs only in the 30s.
A few flurries will be possible Thursday as a brief system moves through. Most of the snow is forecasted to fall in the mountains.
The good news is the weekend, when temperatures are forecast to climb into the 50s.