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