DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4’s forecasts earlier this week warned that the storm system, which has brought snow and frigid temps, would start with strong winds, and right on schedule those winds picked up Wednesday evening in the Denver metro area. CBS4 recorded the front moving through from our camera at the Denver Tech Center.
The wind picked up a large amount of dust — so much so that some folks were comparing it to a haboob (an intense dust or sand storm that typically forms over desert areas). The winds that form a haboob can be from a cold front, a collapsing thunderstorm or strong down burst winds. They tend to be more pronounced over desert areas because there is more dirt, dust and debris available to be blown up into the air.
The winds did some minor damage. Andrew Lucas shared pictures of a bent dock at Chatfield Reservoir.
A ranger at Chatfield State Park also posted a picture of a tipped over port-a-potty at the park.