G'morning, folks. By now I'm sure you've all seen last night's Lookout special edition — there was a snow storm in much of Colorado.
Some of what's in today's edition may look familiar, but we're still updating as fallout from the storm becomes apparent. And coming just a week after news that CPR had acquired Denverite, this was the first real opportunity our two newsrooms had to work together on a major story. I must say it went smashingly from what I could see — I think you'll see what we did in them, and I'll probably be sharing a bit more of their work in the future.
No point beating around the bush, is there? After spending half of yesterday without power in the CPR Broomfield Bureau™ (my apartment) I'm ready to get right to the news.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Rescuers worked late into the night to clear stranded cars from I-25 on the Palmer Divide and transport their drivers to shelters.
- CDOT crews will be out plowing all day, and tomorrow if necessary, but emergency responders are urging Coloradans in the storm area to stay off the roads — especially on the Eastern Plains.
- CU Anschutz researchers found that choline can help expecting women protect the brains of their unborn children from problems caused by the flu and other viruses in the mother.
- A Democratic-backed bill to create a paid family leave fund that all Colorado workers would pay into advanced in the state Senate. (SB19-188)
The Big Stuff
The bomb cyclone today: power outages, road closures, chilly cattle, and lots of other weather woes
CPR News' Hart Van Denburg came home to find the famil's husky, Juneau, pulling his daughter Annie Kralewski Van Denburg through the snow. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
“This is truly a statewide event. We knew this was going to be a very hard-hitting blizzard and our message from yesterday and this morning on is for people to avoid getting out in this kind of weather.”
CDOT spokeswoman Tamara Rollinson
Forecasters said on Tuesday that the storm approaching Colorado would likely be a doozy — and it was. Our reporters were out in it all day, reporting.
The weather impacted nearly everything, with roads and public transit closed or slowed, DIA runways closed for part of the day and hundreds of thousands in the Front Range without power (me among them). The bomb cyclone wasn't just hype — lots of Colorado felt pretty much closed for business.
TODAY: Some Coloradans are waking up with their power still out, and a lot of roads are still closed. We'll keep up with the storm's aftermath at cpr.org all day.
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