DENVER (CBS4) – Major stretches of Interstates 25 and 70 near Denver reopened on Thursday afternoon, the day after the arrival of a deadly blizzard that was being referred to as a “bomb cyclone.” Windy conditions are still present on Colorado’s Eastern Plains and snowy and icy roads continue to pose problems for drivers across Colorado, but travel conditions are generally improving drastically.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared an emergency on Wednesday and some stranded drivers had to be taken to emergency shelters by Colorado National Guard crews and other rescue teams. Some vehicles remained on the sides of the interstates on Thursday, but most had been removed by the afternoon.
I-25 is BACK OPEN:
– From Denver to Colorado Springs. The roadway opened mid-afternoon Thursday in both directions.
– In both directions from Wellington to the Wyoming state line.
I-70 is BACK OPEN:
– At 12:45 a.m. Interstate 70 reopened in both directions from Aurora to Kansas after a closure that lasted more than 24 hours.
Numerous cars remain stranded on the sides of on I-70 and snowdrifts are several feet high in places.
Interstate 76 BACK OPEN:
– In both directions from U.S. Highway 85 in Commerce City to the Nebraska state line
On I-76 on Wednesday a Colorado State Patrol corporal died in a crash in blizzard conditions. Daniel Groves was struck by a car in Weld County.
PHOTO GALLERY: March Blizzard 2019