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Wind, dust, snow slow Sunday traffic in Colorado

By: News services
January 12, 2014 Updated: January 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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photo - High wind created a dust storm in southern Colorado. This was the scene near Rocky Ford. (Via Twitter, twitter.com/Jnv5s1sSHz)
High wind created a dust storm in southern Colorado. This was the scene near Rocky Ford. (Via Twitter, twitter.com/Jnv5s1sSHz) 

Snow, dust and blustery winds caused traffic problems in Colorado on Sunday.

Interstate 25 was closed near Pueblo, mile markers 90 - 94, for a brief time Sunday afternoon because of high wind and blowing dust that created visibility problems.

Both northbound and southbound I-25 were reopened about 1 p.m., but Colorado State Patrol reduced the speed limit to 50 mph.

Winds in excess of 40 mph caused dust storms across southern Colorado.

Also on Sunday, snow and wind in the mountain areas was caused traffic delays.

"Above 9,000 feet especially, it is pretty much whiteout conditions in some locations," Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Boulder, told the Denver Post early Sunday afternoon.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed Loveland Pass at 9:12 a.m. due to heavy snow, forcing traffic carrying hazardous materials to use the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70, Mike Murray, CDOT spokesman said.

"They got hit pretty hard with this last storm so there is a full closure of Loveland Pass. That is going to cause delays because hazmat vehicles will have to go through the tunnel," he said.

US 285 south of US 160, near Alamosa, was closed for a short time Sunday afternoon because of a wreck that happened during a time of extremely high winds

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