Winter weather returns to Colorado this weekend as much of the state braces for heavy snowfall.
The El Paso County Office of Emergency Management is urging people stay home, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the county. Currently, Highway 24 from Colorado Springs to Limon is closed. Eastbound Woodman from Marksheffel to Highway 24 in Falcon is also closed, as is Highway 94 from Enoch Road to Punkin Center. (UPDATE 3:40 PM: Hwy 94 from Enoch Rd. to Punkin Center has reopened.)
Firefighters & emergency personnel report no visibility in Calhan, Peyton, Falcon and other areas, including Woodmen Rd. #StayHomeStaySafe
— Falcon Fire Dept. (@FalconFireDept) April 16, 2016
As of 1:30 PM Saturday, emergency officials say a shelter will open in Falcon for stranded motorists. That shelter is at the Patriot Learning Center at 11990 Swingline Road in Falcon.
Current road conditions statewide from the Colorado Department of Transportation are available at COTrip.org.
Earlier this morning, the Denver International Airport said about 70% of flights were canceled and travelers should check the status of their flights. The Colorado Springs Airport also has several canceled flights.
The National Weather Service says the risk of significant snow accumulations remains through Saturday night, with many warnings set to expire at 6 AM Sunday morning.