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Mother Nature throws monkey wrench into morning commute, ice lingers into the night

Mid-day sunshine brings welcome relief
Posted at 8:32 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 22:35:55-05

DENVER -- An intense winter snow storm, which arrived later than forecast, created quite a stir in the metro area, bogging down the morning commute, and causing multiple crashes.

It also caused havoc on the eastern plains.

The Colorado State Patrol said there were two major accidents on I-70. One, near Limon, involved three semi trucks, one of which jackknifed, and the other, near Agate, involved three vehicles.

A spokesman for the State Patrol said a 48-year old man was killed in Agate crash. He didn't know which vehicle the victim was in.

In the foothills, a CDOT snow plow collided with another vehicle on Highway 72 in Coal Creek Canyon.

A CDOT spokesman said the plow operator briefly drove across the painted stripes and hit another car. The operated was cited.

Several cars spun out on area highways.

One, on US Highway 36 in Broomfield, struck a concrete highway barrier and had to be towed away.

Another car appeared to have slid off Colorado Highway 93 north of Golden.

Sunshine

After the sun came out, so did the shovels.

Neighbors Janice Sedlak and Angela LeValley helped clear each others driveways in Westminster.

"Just like that, we got clear blue skies," Sedlak said. "Suns out. It's like, let's get 'er done."

"It's beautiful," LeValley said, referring to the sun. "I wish it could have been here at 8 a.m."

Up the street, Lizzy Sinatra took advantage of a break in the snow to walk her new Greyhound. She said it's a rescue dog from Florida, which recently banned Greyhound racing.

Now, her dog is getting acclimated to Colorado's weather.

"I didn't even realize we were going to get this storm," she told Denver7. "So waking up with this beautiful landscape of snow...just makes me love Colorado even more."