Winds topple power lines and trees, cause problems at DIA, in mountains

DENVER -- Turbulent winds knocked down power lines and trees, and caused a ground delay at Denver International Airport on Monday morning.

Power lines were down on Bayaud Street between Steele and Madison streets. Crews from Xcel Energy were on the scene working to upright the lines.

There were no widespread power outages, just a few cases of lights flickering, Xcel Energy said.

A tree fell on a trailer home in the 1600 block of Sable Boulevard in Aurora about 7 a.m. No one was home at the time.

At Denver International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop of flights coming to Colorado because of the strong winds.

Some arriving flights will be delayed by an average of two hours, 41 minutes, the FAA said.

Gusts up to 45 mph were recorded at DIA and in Centennial by 8:30 a.m. A gust of 44 mph was recorded in Erie.

Multiple crashes were reported on U.S. 285 from Pleasant Park to Window Point. High winds combined with snow and ice made driving conditions treacherous.

In the mountains, Loveland Pass was closed about 6 a.m. because of adverse conditions, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

Traffic was stopped at the Eisenhower Tunnel at the top of the hour to allow hazardous materials vehicles to pass through until Loveland Pass reopens.

Westbound Interstate 70 at the summit of Vail Pass was also closed for nearly an hour because of a snowslide but it reopened just after 8 a.m.

The strongest wind gust in the mountains was 106 mph at Monarch Pass. Berthoud Pass had a gust of 59 mph, and gusts of 56 mph were recorded on Rabbit Ears Pass and in Craig.