High winds gust through foothills; Highway 93 closed

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High winds caused low visibility on Highway 93 on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (Photo: Pinpoint Weather Tracker)

DENVER — Strong Chinook winds were blowing through the Front Range Friday morning, triggering a high wind warning for five counties and bringing warmer temperatures to Colorado.

Hold onto your hats!  It’s a windy morning in the foothills and the front range.  A High Wind Warning has been posted for five counties, including Boulder, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Douglas and Larimer through 11 a.m., creating gusts from 30 to 50 miles per hour, reaching even 80 miles per hour in some areas.

Wind-prone areas such as Highway 93 between Golden and Boulder and Highway 285 were experiencing low-visibility due to blowing snow.

Colorado State Patrol reported accidents on Highway 93 due to black ice and high winds around 8 a.m. and closed the highway from Highway 128 to Highway 72  around 8:20 a.m. due to high winds and ice with no ETA for opening.

Meteorologist Mark Monstrola reports that warmer temperatures than Thursday will be welcomed Friday afternoon.

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