- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on Colorado weather (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

High winds and heavy, wet snow have forced Crested Butte Mountain Resort to shut down its lifts for the day.

Resort officials closed the mountain at about 1:30 p.m. Monday out of concern for guests and employees. A tweet showed a photo of snow piled high at a measuring station with the line “We officially #buriedthebutte.”

The resort in southwest Colorado received about two feet of snow in 24 hours.

A storm is dumping heavy snow in the mountains and a mix of rain and sleet at lower elevations.

3 p.m.

Interstate 70 has reopened in Eagle County following the clean up a crash that spilled about 2,100 gallons of diesel fuel along the icy highway.

The Colorado State Patrol says a truck carrying empty beer cans lost control on I-70 around 6 a.m. Monday and ended up blocking both westbound lanes of the highway. A tanker truck then crashed into the rear of that truck, spilling cans on the road, and drove into the median, where it overturned and spilled the fuel.

No one was injured.

The State Patrol says a mix of rain and sleet falling on top of snow is believed to have contributed to the crash.

Freezing rain also temporarily shut down the runways at Grand Junction’s airport.


12:15 p.m.

Interstate 25 in southern Colorado has been closed to all trucks after strong winds have knocked over numerous high-profile vehicles.

Monday’s closure extends about 160 miles from Monument to the New Mexico line.

The National Weather Service says a wind gust of 101 mph was reported at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado Springs Monday morning. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a trailer with three people inside was blown over at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

Hurricane-force wind gusts have also been ripping off shingles and parts of roofs in the area, including the El Paso County courthouse.


9:40 a.m.

High winds have overturned some large vehicles and damaged buildings in the Colorado Springs area while ice is making travel dangerous in western Colorado.

The National Weather Service says a wind gust of 101 mph was reported at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado Springs Monday morning. The Gazette (https://bit.ly/2jaeIn0 ) reports that winds ripped roofing material off the El Paso County courthouse, causing the building to be evacuated.

Freezing rain hit the Grand Junction area and shut down all runways at the city’s airport.

An overturned, leaking tanker truck has closed Interstate 70 in both directions near Dotsero and Gypsum. It’s not expected to re-open until possibly mid-afternoon.

Gusty winds are forecast all along the Front Range through the rest of the day, which is expected to delay flights at Denver International Airport.

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