Powerful Spring Storm

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A spring storm whipped winds up to 70 miles per hour in southeastern Colorado and unleashed blizzards in northern El Paso County today, closing schools in at least one mountain community.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo says about six inches of snow fell in the Black Forest area in northeastern El Paso County by late morning and strong winds cut visibility to zero.

The school district in Woodland Park canceled classes because of bad weather.

The weather service issued a blizzard warning for areas above six-thousand feet in El Paso, Las Animas (lahs-AN'-ih-muhs) and Huerfano (WEHR'-fah-noh) counties. The weather service's Stephen Hodanish says winds could result in high snow drifts and make travel dangerous.

Hodanish says the storm created by a slow-moving, low-pressure system over southwestern Kansas would continue moving east.

On the Eastern Plains, rain and wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour were reported near La Junta. The Colorado Department of Transportation issued restrictions for empty, high-profile trucks on Interstate 76 in northeastern Colorado, where winds were clocked at 50 miles per hour. Rain fell across the Denver metro area.