A quick-moving cold front from Wyoming blasted into Colorado early Monday with high wind gusts and blowing snow.
High wind advisories were issued for the Eastern Plains, Fort Collins, and from Pueblo to Trinidad. Gusts of 41 and 36 miles-per-hour were reported in Akron and Loveland respectively before the front moved through Denver and on to Colorado Springs by the morning rush hour.
Colorado Springs police reported numerous accidents and switched to "Cold Reporting" for the day. Officials with the Colorado Springs Street Division predicted the Monday evening commute home to be just as bad as the drive in the morning. All the moisture that turned to slush Monday afternoon is expected to freeze.
The streets were slow and dangerous for anyone trying to get to work Monday morning. "I got on I-25 at 8. Got to the Academy exit. I got off, turned around and went back home," said Toni Bodovinac. "It was difficult in some spots. I couldn't see lanes. People were making up their own lanes," said Lori Warnick. "When it's icy, it doesn't matter if all four wheels are working or just one. If it's slippery you're not going to be able to stop in time," said Michael Reece.
City street crews were on “full callout” status since before dawn. That means every snowplow and sander are on the job. But the wind has been a problem for crews putting down the anti-skid material. "The wind, in a lot of cases, was blowing it away as fast as we were placing it," said Randy Zettlemoyer with the city.
Colorado Department of Transportation officials say the main problem was visibility and blowing snow.
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Source: www.icepack.org contributed to this report.