Blizzard Conditions Close Roads, Cause Power Outages

March 23, 2016
A blizzard warning remains in effect for northern El Paso County until 8 PM.Credit National Weather Service
A blizzard warning remains in effect for northern El Paso County until 8 PM.

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Northern El Paso County remains under a blizzard warning until 8 PM.  Southern El Paso County is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 PM.  Public safety groups are urging people to stay off the roads.

The fast-moving storm closed routes along the Front Range, including Interstate 25 from North Academy to County Line Road in Denver.  Check current route statuses here with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

At 6:40 PM, Wed, CDOT Tweeted the following:

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is asking people to stay home.  Roads there are completely closed.

Stranded drivers should make sure exhaust pipes are clear of snow, crack windows an inch, and conserve cell phone batteries for emergency use.  Engines should run for 10 minutes every hour to help keep the car warm. 

The El Paso County Search and Rescue has deployed two snow-cats to help with stranded motorists, and the Sheriff's Department says stranded motorists should call them back each hour if help hasn't arrived.

The Red Cross has opened a number of shelters, including the following: 

Patriot Learning Center, 11990 Swingline Rd, FalconNew Life Church, 11025 Voyager Pkwy, Colorado SpringsDouglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock

Public safety groups are urging people to stay off the roads.  As of this afternoon, closed routes include:

I-25 from North Academy to County Line Road in DenverHighway 83 from Colorado Springs to C-470Powers from Woodman to InterquestHighway 94 from Enoch to Pumpkin CenterAll roads in Lincoln CountyFalcon Highway west of Curtis Road is impassable because of stuck vehicles.

Check current route statuses here with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

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Credit Colorado Department of Transportation

Northern El Paso County remains under a blizzard warning until 8 PM.  The fast-moving storm has rapidly closed roads along the Front Range, including Interstate 25 from North Academy to County Line Road in Denver.  Colorado Springs Utilities is also reporting power outages in the city. 

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking people to stay home in these weather conditions.  Roads there are shut down.

Stranded drivers should make sure exhaust pipes are clear of snow, crack windows an inch, and conserve cell phone batteries for emergency use.  Engines should run for 10 minutes every hour to help keep the car warm.

The El Paso County Search and Rescue has deployed two snow-cats to help with stranded motorists, and the Sheriff's Department says stranded motorists should call them back each hour if help hasn't arrived.

Public safety groups are urging people to stay off the roads.  Closed routes include:

I-25 from North Academy to County Line Road in DenverHighway 83 from Colorado Springs to C-470Powers from Woodman to InterquestHighway 94 from Enoch to Pumpkin CenterAll roads in Lincoln CountyFalcon Highway west of Curtis Road is impassable because of stuck vehicles.