DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation has reopened most of the interstates that closed in wake of Wednesday's blizzard.
During a conference call with the media, CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew said Interstate 70 has reopened from the Denver metro area to Kansas, and I-76 is back open as well.
During the call, she said I-25 is poised to reopen both between Wellington and the Wyoming border. The stretch between Castle Rock and Monument reopened shortly after 3 p.m.
These closures lasted for more than 24 hours.
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Wednesday's blizzard conditions prompted Gov. Jared Polis to declare an emergency and authorize the activation of the Colorado National Guard to help assist stranded motorists.
Shelters for the stranded/needy:
• Shelters are open at Fire Station 55 (Todd Creek) in Brighton
• Day shelters in Denver are open for anyone trying to avoid the winter storms.
• The fairgrounds in Douglas County have opened as a shelter - 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock
• Five shelters have been opened in El Paso County. If you need to get off the road, you can head to any of the shelters in this link
• Fort Collins activated their Emergency Weather Shelter Plan for Wednesday night. Anyone seeking shelter in town from the weather only need to find out more here
• Elbert County has opened a shelter at the fairgrounds - 95 Ute Ave., Kiowa
• Larkspur has opened a shelter at New Covenant Fellowship - 77 Perry Park Ave.
• A shelter is open at Leeper Center in Wellington - 3800 Wilson Ave.
• Berthoud has opened a Red Cross shelter at the Berthoud Area Community Center (BACC) at 248 Welch Ave.
You can also view the map below for a look at emergency operation centers around the state.
Highest reported wind gusts (from the National Weather Service):
• Glen Haven: 92 mph
• DIA: 80 mph
• Manila Village: 77 mph
• Carr: 76 mph
• Brighton: 73 mph
• Strasburg: 70 mph
• Loveland: 64 mph
• Lone Tree: 61 mph
• Aurora: 60 mph
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Check the 9NEWS traffic map before you head out: 9NEWS traffic map to see current road conditions. That way you know exactly what to expect before leaving the house.
Don't forget to bring your pets inside!
"Where are Denver's snowplows?" - every Denverite during every snowstorm. To find out, city public works has provided this helpful link.
You can see the latest road closures, accidents and travel alerts from emergency agencies throughout the state below. The feed will update live throughout the day.