After the removal of more than 50 disabled vehicles, the road was opened again around 7 p.m. EDT.
Back in Denver, airport employees passed out blankets to stranded passengers last night. All runways were closed Wednesday because of icy conditions and extremely poor visibility caused by the intense storm, the airport said on Twitter. Showers will wrap up on Thursday morning.
According to the weather service website, the Fargo-Moorhead area could receive as much as 1.2 inches of moisture from the storm. The storm is expected to reach the criteria of a "bomb cyclone" because it's going to strengthen by dropping 24 millibars in 24 hours, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean. This storm dropped 33 millibars from Tuesday into Wednesday. "Severe weather will accompany these thunderstorms", NWS said, as the system moves quickly eastward.
While the bomb cyclone has brought blizzard conditions to Colorado, it has caused flooding in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri - mostly along the Mississippi River. "The central and southern mountains will see the highest snow accumulations with 10 to 20 inches expected through Thursday morning and upwards of 2 feet or more in the San Juan Mountains".
The storm is bringing hurricane winds to the Rockies and as far away as Amarillo, Texas.
An enormous area was buffeted by powerful winds, which exceeded 100 miles per hour in a few spots.
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Damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes will be possible Thursday afternoon and into the evening.
Heavy snow was falling in northern Arizona and forecasters say risky winds in New Mexico are expected to make travel hazardous across much of the state.
Severe blizzard conditions at DIA led to over 1,300 cancellations Wednesday afternoon and almost 600 more, scheduled for Thursday, later in the evening, according to Flight Aware. The weather service office in Midland/Odessa, Texas, said Wednesday could be 'the windiest day in years, USA Today reported. That includes the Denver Public Schools, which cited "severe weather and road conditions". Travelers should check the airport's website aspenairport.com or their airlines.
Snow showers will push through the Beehive State Wednesday, according to Dan Guthrie of KSL Weather.
There were no fatalities, according to the fire department's Facebook page, but there were injuries ranging from minor to serious. At the height of the storm, XCel Energy reported over 400,000 customers over Colorado were without electricity. "If people can avoid coming to the airport that will be the best for everyone". "We've had a variety of calls".
At the time, Groves, 52, was on the scene of another accident in which a vehicle had slid off the roadway, the state patrol said. "We are in full "saving lives" mode", said county spokesperson Ryan Parsell.