Winter Storm Blasts Colorado, Heads East

Feb 4, 2012 8:29am
ap colorado weather jt 120204 wblog Winter Storm Blasts Colorado, Heads East

                                                Mark Reis/The Colorado Springs Gazette/AP Photo

After blasting parts of Colorado with up to 6 feet of snow, the strongest storm of the winter season is now on track to pummel the central plains.

A winter storm warning was issued for parts of western Nebraska, northeastern Kansas and southeastern Iowa.

A little over a foot of snow blanketed parts of Nebraska overnight. Impaired visibility also prompted officials to close Interstate 70, which connects Kansas and Denver, as well as a portion of the eastbound I-70, which connects Denver to the town of Limon.

But for pizza delivery man John Dermon, he had no choice but to drive through the snow and ice.

“I’ve got brand new tires, cause I expect the winter to be Colorado winter. One day it’s gorgeous and the next day, there’s two feet of snow on the ground,” he said.

Officials from the Department of Transportation told the Associated Press they are unsure when the roadways will reopen.

The storm also caused an avalanche of 600 flights, including arrivals and departures, to be canceled from Denver International Airport Friday.

Ski resorts in the Colorado area were enjoying the fresh powder and hoped it would entice people to hit the slopes this weekend.

“It’s been fantastic,”  Scott Gales, a spokesman for Echo Mountain, near Denver, told the Associated Press. “We only had about 26 or 27 inches this morning. Now we’re over 40 and it’s still snowing at the rate of an inch or two an hour.”

ABC News Radio and The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

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