A winter storm hit Denver, Colorado Friday and it headed towards the East. In Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas this severe winter weather is bringing blizzard warnings, while in Southeast Wyoming and Western Nebraska it’s bringing winter storm warnings. Snow fall is expected at a rate of 2 inches per hour.
The Denver weather brought more than 200 cancellations for flights arriving and departing from the Denver airport scheduled on Friday, February 3, 2012. Southwest Airlines decided to cancel all their flights through 4 p.m. at the Denver International Airport because of the winter storm.
This winter storm in Colorado is causing the Colorado Department of Transportation to close Interstate 70 and Interstate 25 in spots. I-70 and I-25 are the two main interstates that cross Colorado. Spokeswoman for Transportation, Becky Navarro said Friday, eastbound I-70 was closed from Aurora, Colorado to Limon, Colorado and a ramp was closed on Interstate 25 in Denver because of numerous accidents that were caused from Denver weather.
Many of the schools across Colorado announced Thursday night that they would be closed Friday, February 3, 2012 because of the winter storm. This includes the three large schools, Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools and Douglas County Schools.
The wind is expected to blow at gusts up to 40 mph and higher at times causing the snow to blow and visibility to be at zero.
John Hickenlooper told state workers in the Denver metro area to stay home until 10 a.m. unless their jobs involved health and safety. Transportation spokeswoman Becky Navarro said, “There are a lot of areas on the Front Range where there is very poor visibility.” The National Weather Service, said there is still another foot of snow expected in some areas of the Front Range before it starts to push out of the area on Saturday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Chad Gimmestad reported, “The storm could break into the top 10 list of the heaviest snowstorms in Denver history. The city’s 10th biggest dumped 22.1 inches in 1912. Denver’s record is 45.7 inches in five days in 1913.”