Colorado open sirocco causes transport headaches

Colorado will stay cold Sunday and could get another powdering of sleet as it recovers from a open sirocco that close down portions of both vital interstates, canceled some-more than 200 flights and done transport on a Eastern Plains all though impossible.

Roads are approaching to sojourn fraudulent as overnight lows in a singular digits will boost a risk of sharp roads and black ice.

In metro Denver, between 8 and 10 inches of sleet fell between a storm’s remarkable attainment Friday afternoon and late Saturday afternoon, pronounced National Weather Service meteorologist Bernie Meier in Boulder.

There were reports of some-more than 10 inches in Boulder, 12 inches in Washington County on a plains and scarcely 14 inches in Watkins, with

 


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drifts of adult to 5 feet in wind-prone areas.

Poor conditions caused a critical wreck about 11 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 25 nearby Johnson’s Corner, southeast of Loveland.

Between 20 and 50 vehicles were involved. At slightest 4 tractor-trailers crashed or went off a highway in a area, and a semi-tanker was engulfed in flames, according to Colorado State Patrol.

Traffic was sealed in both directions for several hours.

In all, about 15 highways were sealed during some point, many on a Eastern Plains. A scarcely 200-mile widen of Interstate 70 between Airpark and a Kansas limit remained close Saturday night, with serve closures for some-more than 100 miles on a Kansas side.

Sustained winds of about 20 mph and gusts of 30 mph opposite a Front Range and foothills done clearing roads difficult, pronounced Mindy Crane, a mouthpiece with a Colorado Department of Transportation.

Gusts of 50 mph strike a plains.

“We would make a pass on a highway and before we got down a road, it was lonesome again,” Crane said. “It gave motorists a clarity we weren’t out there, though we positively were. We were battling conditions.”

About 75 CDOT plows are approaching to work a Denver metro area Sunday, and another

250 on a Front Range.

Denver Public Works reported a 70 immeasurable plows privileged categorical streets and widespread de-icing materials Saturday to assistance mangle adult ice.

Denver International Airport reported 223 moody cancellations Saturday, and pronounced a immeasurable infancy concerned smaller commuter flights to cities around Denver and in towering towns.

DIA routinely has about 1,700 flights per day, with somewhat fewer on a weekend.

The law-breaker was a clever low vigour complement diving south out of a northern Rockies, bringing cold atmosphere and dampness with it, Meier said.

“Extreme is a average. It’s a normal in spring,” pronounced “A lot of adult and down — a lot of roller-coasters.”

Sunday is approaching to be pale and still cold, with highs in a mid-20s. Scattered sleet showers could move another 2 inches of snow.

Then a state is approaching to start a delayed warming trend, with top 20s and low 30s on Monday, reduce 40s Tuesday, afterwards reduce 50s Wednesday, Meier said.

Kirk Mitchell, Jordan Steffen and Adrian Garcia contributed to this report.

Eric Gorski: 303-954-1971, egorski@denverpost.com or twitter.com/egorski