Hurricane-force winds shake cars and nerves along I-70 in the Front Range Foothills

Strong gusts prompt CDOT warnings

GEORGETOWN, Colo. - Hurricane-force winds hit the Front Range Foothills on Friday leading to dicey driving conditions for motoists who ventured out.

Some of the peak winds Friday near Denver: 82 mph at Lyons, 81 mph at Rocky Flats, 78 mph at Evergreen, and 75 mph west of Boulder at Gold Hill.

These gusts likely won’t be matched again this weekend, but areas of strong wind will continue.  The wind calmed some Friday night, mostly gusting to 30 mph, and yet another storm system will slide through Sunday to increase the wind once again.

Saturday’s peak winds will be in the High Country, meanwhile Sunday’s wind will be gusty for the Denver metro area; expecting winds to gust over 30 mph in the city at times during the Broncos Game, said 7NEWS meteorologist Matt Makens.

7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart traveled the corridor and said the mix of wind and snow made visibility very low in some spots.

Skier Rick Lawrence said the conditions on the slopes were challenging.

 "I would estimate we saw gusts in the 50 mile an hour range, easy.  Maybe even over that," said Lawrence.

"You just had to feel your way down, slow down, make sure you give everybody enough room.  Because you couldn't see people 20 feet in front of you.  It was amazing," he said.