Schools and roads around Colorado face closures due to extreme winter weather leading to icy roads and snow drifts. Ice and snow fell from the sky along the Front Range and beyond overnight, with wind conditions estimated to top 50 miles per hour in some locations.

According to Liz Forster in an article specifically about El Paso County:

“The National Weather Service in Pueblo measured 8 inches of snow east of the Air Force Academy, 2 to 3 inches in Monument, 1 inch at Peterson Air Force Base and 1 inch or less in central Colorado Springs.

Patchy and blowing snow is expected to continue through the early afternoon, with another inch of snow possible.

Winds steadily sped up early Tuesday, with 35 mph winds and 48 mph gusts recorded at the Colorado Springs Airport at 5:54 a.m. An hour earlier, the weather service observed 28 mph winds and 46 mph gusts at the airport. By the end of the day, though, winds should gradually die off to 5 to 15 mph.”

Check the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Twitter page for a full list of closures, but here are a few worth noting.

This closures and conditions are constantly changing and updating. Please check back with the official Colorado Department of Transportation Twitter page for the most up-to-date information. If you’re on the roads today, drive with extra caution and give yourself plenty of time to stop.

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