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I-25 near Pueblo reopens after dust storm, wrecks

January 13, 2014 Updated: January 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm
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photo - Southbound I-25 closed south of Pueblo due to crashes in a dust storm, including a semi. Avoid the area for now. Tweet posted at 12:30 p.m. (Colorado State Patrol Troop 2D, which covers Pueblo area.
Southbound I-25 closed south of Pueblo due to crashes in a dust storm, including a semi. Avoid the area for now. Tweet posted at 12:30 p.m. (Colorado State Patrol Troop 2D, which covers Pueblo area.  

Wind gusts as strong as 45 mph blew through the Colorado Springs area and gusts were expected to be even stronger further north, according to the National Weather Service.

"The overall pattern that's producing these strong winds will continue through Tuesday," said meteorologist Makoto Moore.

High winds and blowing dust caused numerous wrecks Monday afternoon on Interstate 25 south of Pueblo. The interstate was shut down for part of the day and was reopened around 4:30 p.m.

Sensors in and around Colorado Springs have measured north to northwest winds with gusts up to 35 mph by the U.S. Air Force Academy, getting even stronger in Monument and further north.

Strong jet streams are moving across the northern part of the state and will continue blowing through Tuesday, Moore said. Winds should weaken by Wednesday, but higher elevations can still expect brisk winds.

The Colorado State Patrol first tweeted that southbound I-25 was closed. At least one of the wrecks involved a semi truck. The closure includes an area from mile marker 90 to 94, the same stretch of highway that was closed for a brief time Sunday.

Conditions in Colorado Springs and throughout El Paso County will remain mostly sunny through the week, but higher elevations in the central mountains and along the Continental Divide could see up to half-a-foot of snow, Moore said.

High temperatures will fluctuate between the high 40s to mid-50s through Sunday, according to the weather service forecast.

"Most temps will stay at or above seasonal norms," Moore said. "There will be a cold front coming in Thursday, but that will only cool things down a bit."

On Sunday, areas of western Colorado north of Interstate 70 got between four to eight inches of snow, with wind gusts up to 40 mph in some parts. Gusts between 60 and 80 mph blew across the highest elevations near the Continental Divide.

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