DENVER — A stretch of Interstate 70 east of Denver to the Kansas border was closed for hours due to dust storms, low visibility and a crash that Colorado State Patrol said involved multiple injuries.
The crash killed one person and injured up to 15 others, CSP tweeted.
The National Weather Service in Pueblo said winds in eastern Colorado and western Kansas could exceed 60 mph on Thursday. The incoming dust storm was visible on a satellite map.
Further south, a high wind warning was placed into effect for the areas near Lamar and Las Animas.
Prowers County deputies reported "low visibility across all highways," according to the NWS.
Video from CSP showed a semi-truck stopped in the dust storm near Kit Carson.
US 287 was closed between Lamar and La Junta due to the dangerous driving conditions.
Roads were also treacherous farther west, where low visibility and three foot snow drifts closed US 285 between Grant and Antero Junction.
Wednesday and Thursday also presented dangerous driving conditions in Colorado. Multiple semi-trucks were topped on I-25 near the Wyoming border, and people with large vehicles were told to avoid I-76 on Wednesday night.
Wind gusts exceeded 90 mph in Boulder and a 116 mph gust was recorded on Peak 6 in Breckenridge.
Conditions largely returned to normal on the Front Range, but the winds persisted on the Eastern Plains into Friday.
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