Updated Mar 14, 2024 - News

Colorado snowstorm: Road closures, power outages and cancellations

A man walks along a snowy street across from the Colorado State Capitol, which is grey with a golden dome.

Matthew Palmeri heads to work at snow covered Civic Center Park in Denver on Thursday, March 14, 2024. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post

The snowstorm that hit Colorado on Thursday prompted highway closures, numerous airport cancellations and power outages along the Front Range.

The latest: Xcel Energy reported more than 750 power outages affecting more than 46,000 customers along the Front Range as of Thursday afternoon.

  • In a post on X, the company said "a team of approximately 50 crews are working to safely restore power to impacted customers as quickly as possible."

Denver Public Schools announced schools and offices will be closed Friday due to the weather, marking a second consecutive snow day.

The big picture: The storm is dumping more than 35 inches of snow in some parts of the high country, including in Aspen Springs and Rollinsville, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Totals for Denver are roughly 7 inches as of Thursday afternoon, with some areas in the city getting up to 9 inches.

Meanwhile, The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging people to avoid driving, and has closed several sections of I-70's mountain corridors, including a road between Denver and Silverthorne.

Between the lines: Denver has deployed 54 large snow plows for major roadways and 36 smaller residential plows.

Zoom out: At least 814 flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport and 190 have been delayed, per FlightAware.com.

  • However, the airport posted saying "operations at DEN are normal," but recommends travelers to check their airlines for latest flight status information.
  • "Use caution and give yourself extra time if you're making your way to the airport," the statement reads.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show Aspen Springs has gotten more than 30 inches of snow, not Aspen.


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