As what some are calling the “baby bomb cyclone” is starting to move in, some repeated nightmares of the March blizzard are appearing in the mountain areas at lunch time Wednesday. Colorado Department of Transportation is strongly urging, for the second time within a month, that everyone should avoid travel.
Major wreck on I-25 Southbound near mile marker 189. Ambulance on scene.
A major power power outage was reported in the area of the U.S. Air Force Academy at about 4:56 p.m. Colorado Springs Utilities estimated power would be restored for the 1,800 customers effected between 7 to 8 p.m.
US 34 EB/WB: Road closed between CO 71 and County Road EE. US 34 closed both directions between Brush and Akron.
— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) April 10, 2019
El Paso County said on Twitter that road conditions on the northern side of the county have gotten increasingly worse with snow beginning to accumulate. An updated forecast for snow expectations are 6 to 12 inches between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Interstate 25 over Monument Hill has the potential to be closed, along with the Interstate 70 mountain corridor and Interstate 76, CDOT said in a news release. Crews will not be pre-treating the roads because before precipitation freezes, rain could wash away the brine, the news release said.
Four warning shelters have been set up for those caught in the storm in Colorado Springs
• Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs
• St. Peter Catholic Church, 55 Jefferson Street in Monument
• Patriot Learning Center, 11990 Swingline Road in El Paso County
• Peyton School District’s Career Technical Education Facility, 18320 Main Street in El Paso County
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