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High winds topple semi-trucks, close highways in Colorado

Windy conditions toppled semi-trucks and closed highways in Eastern Colorado Wednesday. Snow squalls were reported in the mountains.

COLORADO, USA — Wind gusts up to 60 mph toppled semi-trucks on the Eastern Plains Wednesday morning and led to numerous road closures as officials warned of whiteout conditions. 

This comes after gusts of up to 90 mph impacted the Front Range and Eastern Plains on Tuesday night, and snow squalls were reported in the mountains.

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Colorado State Patrol's crew in Limon reported two crashes on Interstate 70 Wednesday morning, including a semi-truck that had blown over as well as a truck that rear-ended a semi.  

The winds created blowing dust that was visible via satellite on Wednesday morning, prompting a warning from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). 

Due to the conditions, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) issued high wind restrictions between Denver International Airport and the Kansas border. 

On Tuesday, snow squalls and whiteout conditions were commonplace in the mountains. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder shared photos of a virtual whiteout on I-70 and told people to avoid travel. 

A 9NEWS viewer shared a timelapse of the snow squall reaching Steamboat Springs. 

This map shows the intense wind gusts throughout Colorado on Wednesday morning. 

People who need to drive in the mountains or east toward Kansas and northeast to Nebraska are asked to use caution due to the windy conditions. 

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