Parts of I-70 Closed to Trucks After Colorado Snowstorm

Multiple Routes May Be Blocked or Have Delays
Colorado snowstorm
A Jeep passes a stranded snowplow while traveling west of Ute Pass on U.S. Highway 24 toward Woodland Park, Colo., on March 14. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)

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DENVER — In an effort to keep Interstate 70 open, no trucks will be allowed on a portion from Eagle/Vail to Morrison until noon March 15.

Thousands in Colorado were without power as authorities closed highways and schools during a winter storm that pummeled the Denver area.

The Colorado storm shut down a stretch of I-70, the state’s main east-west highway, in the mountains for much of the day March 14, stranding some drivers for hours, mainly because of trucks that got stuck in the snow, blocking other traffic, authorities said.

Multiple routes may be blocked or have delays resulting from crashes, stuck vehicles and other issues.

The storm, which began March 13, delivered the slushy, wet snow typical for March, one of the snowiest months in Denver. The heaviest accumulations were expected in Colorado’s Front Range region, where the eastern plains meet the Rocky Mountains and the vast majority of the state’s population lives. Most of the snow was falling in the foothills west of Denver.

Those higher elevations had up to 3 feet of snow by March 14 and more than another foot as forecast by this morning. Denver itself got up to about 9 inches by March 14. Another 3 to 7 inches was expected in the Denver area by this morning.

While a boon to Colorado’s ski industry, the extreme conditions shut down several ski resorts. The storm also closed numerous schools and government offices Thursday and Denver area schools were closed in advance for today.


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More than 18,800 customers were without power across Colorado late March 14 primarily in metro Denver and along the Front Range, according to

Denver International Airport was open but 830 flights were canceled March 14 with nearly 440 more delayed, according to

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