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Strong winds, blowing snow force numerous road closures

US 285 between Fairplay and Grant has been closed since Friday night.

DENVER — A combination of snow and high winds led to whiteout conditions in some areas, especially in areas west and east of downtown Denver.

A high wind warning was in effect for the Front Range mountains, foothills and plains until 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

As of Sunday, US 285 remained closed at Kenosha Pass. 

The weather caused the closure of the following roads:

Highway 40 Granby to CR 5 (mm 214 to 226)

I-70 WB Vail Pass due to multiple slide offs

I-76 from Hudson to Fort Morgan 

US 34 Kersey to Wiggins (mm 120 to 149)

CO 14  near Walden ( mm 00 to 32)

CO 14 from Ault to Sterling ( mm 154 to 235)

I-25 NB from Wellington to Wyoming border 

US 6/Loveland Pass closed (mm 220 to 229)

CO 72 from Highway 93 to Candelas Parkway (mm 9-11)

CO 93 from 64th Avenue to Highway 170 (mm 4 -14)

CO 149 west of Creede (mm 36.5)

U.S. 85 Nunn to the Wyoming state line (mm 289-309)

U.S. 285 from Fairplay to Grant (mm 183-208)

U.S. 40 Rabbit Ears Pass

Even smaller roads were affected, in a tweet the city of Loveland said that 57th Street was closed between Wilson and Taft Avenues due to high wind, blizzard conditions and visibility that was near zero at times. 

Conditions throughout Rocky Mountain National Park included high winds, blowing snow and very poor visibility, according to tweet from the park.

Travel might be difficult even on roads that aren't closed. 9NEWS meteorologist Cory Reppenhagen spotted ground blizzards Saturday morning in west Arvada. No new snow was falling, but the wind was picking snow from the ground and blowing it around, making it difficult to see.

Reppenhagen said he measured wind gusts of about 65 mph. A sensor from the Colorado Department of Transporation (CDOT) that was located higher up on a pole recorded gusts as high as about 80 mph.

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