More Than 500 Spend Night In Shelters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Colorado National Guard delivered two trucks filled with cots, blankets and food Saturday morning to hundreds of travelers stranded by a spring storm that dropped more than 3 feet of snow on the foothills west of Denver.

More than 500 people spent last night at three shelters after being stranded by the closure of an 80-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in the mountains. Most of I-70 between Vail and Golden remained closed, but transportation officials have begun opening portions of the highway east of Idaho Springs to start moving stranded traffic.

The National Weather Service says a mix of rain and snow is still falling across the state, including at Denver International Airport and in the suburbs south of Denver. The Weather Service says the southern metro area could see another 2 to 5 inches before the snow tapers off this evening.

Denver International Airport was open and there was no word of any flight cancellations.

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