Winter Storm

Police say a Colorado man found dead after a blizzard went out during the storm to start a generator.

The El Paso County coroner's office on Monday identified the man as 68-year-old Harry Brantley.

Authorities found his body Thursday about 35 miles east of Colorado Springs.

Denver snow
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About 85,000 people remained without power Thursday morning in Colorado, mostly in the Denver area.

Xcel Energy says it is making progress to restore power to those who lost service in Wednesday's blizzard but that some will remain without power into the weekend. It says it has hundreds of workers on the job.

Colorado Declares Emergency Amid Massive Storm; State Trooper Dies In Accident

Mar 13, 2019
Tree damage
Scott Franz / KUNC

Updated at 5:10 p.m.

A Colorado state patrol officer who was hit by a car during a winter storm while responding to an accident has died.

The Colorado State Patrol says Corporal Daniel Groves was outside his patrol car along Interstate 76 northeast of Denver on Wednesday when a driver lost control and hit him.

When a storm gets very intense very quickly, it gets a very special, very scary name: bomb cyclone.

And just such a storm has arrived in the central U.S.

Tracy Stahl
Scott Franz / KUNC

Multiple road closures have crippled Colorado's interstate system, with blizzard conditions shutting down large sections of I-25, I-76 and US-287 as a major winter storm officially called a "bomb cyclone" sweeps through Colorado. Wind gusts of 80 mph have been reported at Denver International Airport.

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Expect dangerous driving conditions for much of Wednesday throughout northern Colorado and the eastern plains. Blizzard warnings are in effect with forecasted wind gusts of up to 75 mph and snowfall up to 12 inches.

The National Weather Service says the storm is expected to begin in Wyoming early Wednesday and become more intense throughout the day as it spreads into Colorado.

Jeremy Swanson / Colorado Ski Country USA

The big storm that blanketed Colorado with snow this week made for a rough commute for drivers. Now, it’s going to lure them to the mountains. And the timing of the storm wasn’t bad for Colorado’s ski country. It hit on a Wednesday afternoon, meaning that by the time the weekend hits, all that powdery, soft snow will be on the minds of skiers and snowboarders.

And that’s good news for resort owners. Up to 20 inches fell on the resort mountains along the Interstate 70 corridor. Mountains elsewhere reported at least another 6 inches.

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On Wednesday, Jan. 4, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for most of Northern Colorado. Going into Thursday, the alert has been canceled for some Front Range counties, but southern and mountain communities continue to see large accumulations. Temperatures are expected to stay in the single digits for most of Thursday, with a drop below zero after dark.