COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Following a major blizzard part of a critical highway for transportation in Colorado was reopened after being closed for more than 24 hours.
The Colorado Department of Transportation announced I-25 was back open in both directions from Castle Rock to Colorado Springs just before 3 p.m. As of 3:03 p.m. all of I-25 was open from the New Mexico border to the Wyoming border, but there were still several major highway closures throughout the state.
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Hundreds of motorists were stranded along I-25 Wednesday afternoon, and many of them were stranded through the night.
While crews were making progress on transportation, there were still thousands without power on Thursday. About 85,000 people remained without power Thursday morning in Colorado, mostly in the Denver area.
Xcel Energy says it is making progress to restore power to those who lost service in Wednesday's blizzard but that some will remain without power into the weekend. It says it has hundreds of workers on the job.
The company reported that in the last 24 hours its crews restored power to some 360,000 customers around the state. The power outages affected traffic lights in the Denver area. And warming shelters were set up for anyone without heat in their homes.