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Winter Storm Brings Travel Headaches to Rockies, Upper Midwest

Wind-driven snow could create whiteout conditions


Blowing and drifting snow will cause travel headaches along the I-25 corridor in Colorado today as a powerful winter storm gathers strength and races northeastward.

The same storm that will spread blizzard conditions across the Plains and Midwest into Thursday began on Tuesday night in the Southwest, bringing several inches of snow to Flagstaff and southwestern Colorado.

Although conditions along the Front Range and the rest of eastern Colorado may not be as bad as locations farther east, wind-driven snow can still create poor travel conditions.

Strengthening winds can gust to 40 mph in areas such as Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, significantly reducing visibility when combined with the snow.

The heaviest snow amounts will be contained to the Rockies and farther east across the central Plains, but residents in the I-25 corridor of Colorado can expect several inches of fresh powder.

Motorists venturing out today should take extra caution when driving through wind-driven snow.

Interstates I-25 and I-70 can be adversely affected at times with the worst conditions existing east of Denver toward Limon. In this area, winds can gust close to 55 mph at times creating blizzard conditions.

Despite the travel troubles, this will no doubt be good news for the ski resorts and snow enthusiasts who have been "snow-starved" to begin the winter season.

Just 8 inches of snow has fallen in Denver this season, which is well below the normal of around 20 inches. Thus far in December, only about an inch of snow has whitened the ground when the average is near 8 inches.

The snow is expected to wind down tonight as the storm pulls away from the region. Dry, milder weather should build in for the end of the week and into the pre-Christmas weekend.

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