High winds, blowing snow close U.S. 285; foothills get gusts over 90 mph

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High winds caused blowing snow and reduced visibility, forcing U.S. 285 to be closed in Park County on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (Credit: Colorado Department of Transportation)

DENVER — A high wind warning went into effect Monday morning for the foothills and mountains, and strong winds and blowing snow forced the Colorado Department of Transportation to close Highway 285 in Park County.

Poor visibility forced the closure of the highway about 9 a.m. between Grant and Fairplay over Kenosha Pass.

A wind gust of 109 mph was recorded at a CDOT weather station in the closed zone. There is no estimated time when the highway will reopen.

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The high wind warning is in effect until Monday night. Wind gusts of 60-80 mph are possible east of the Continental Divide and in the foothills above 8,000 feet with blowing snow likely in the mountains.

A wind gust of 93 mph was recorded 2 miles southeast of Gold Hill and an 87 mph gust was recorded at Aspen Springs in Gilpin County.

The winds will bring a warm-up to the Denver metro area, with temperatures spiking into the upper 40s and low 50s. The warmer temperatures will bring rapid snowmelt in Denver. The temperature jumped from 12 degrees to 40 degrees between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. in Denver.

There is a chance for light snow Tuesday night but temperatures will warm into the low 50s Thursday before falling back into the upper 30s on Friday.

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