Winds up to 70 mph in eastern plains of Colorado flip tractor-trailers, fifth wheels on I-70

DENVER - High winds caused major travel problems across the eastern plains of Colorado Tuesday afternoon.  

About a dozen tractor-trailers and fifth wheels were blown over along Interstate 70 from Limon to Kansas. This stretch of interstate had peak winds of 60 to 70 mph.

I-70 was closed for an extended time near Burlington for blowing dust that reduced visibility.

At 7 p.m., Highway 287 in Kit Carson County was reopened to high profile vehicles after a several hour closure.

Through 4 p.m., Denver International Airport had 11 delays and 12 cancellations due to the wind and East Coast severe weather.

At 11 a.m., DIA had the strongest wind gust recorded at any airport in the country. It remained one of the windiest destinations through the evening.

The wind is coming from a howling jetstream above. The jetstream, and wind, is associated with the same system responsible for the widespread severe weather and damage across the southern and eastern states this week.  

The wind will continue to subside, although doing so very slowly, through the night. There will not be the same level of wind concern for Wednesday, and Thursday through the weekend will also not have a wind this dangerous.

Some of the peak winds across the area:

77mph near Akron

70mph between Limon and Agate

60mph near Parker

60mph near Keenesburg

59mph at DIA

58mph in Aurora

52mph in Greeley

51mph in Loveland

51mph near Northglenn

49mph in Castle Rock

45mph in Fort Collins

39mph in Boulder

38mph in Downtown Denver

32mph in Arvada

29mph in Littleton

Print this article Back to Top