DENVER (CBS4) – Strong winds whipped the Colorado Rockies with incredibly strong gusts during the day Wednesday. Some of the gusts over some of the mountains and high foothills blasted up over hurricane force. Such was the case on Berthoud Pass where winds shot up to 81 mph! Hurricane force winds are 74 mph and higher.
The winds were damaging over northern Colorado into southern Wyoming. CDOT was forced to close I-25 near the Wyoming border for high profile vehicles. The gusts were strong enough to blow over a semi on I-25 in northern Colorado.
A semi blown over on I-25 (credit: Colorado State Patrol)
Cars and low profile commercial trucks were able to get through but, many of the higher profile trucks had to wait several hours since the closing of the highway around 9:15 am on Wednesday morning.
Several different neighborhoods in and around Larimer and Weld Counties including Fort Collins and Greeley experienced power outages because of Wednesday’s strong, gusty winds. With the Poudre Valley REA working hard to get power back up in many different areas of the Poudre Valley area of northern Colorado.
1,700 power outages in Fort Collins and Carter Lake. Crews are on site at both locations, working to repair power lines that have been damaged in the wind. We anticipate having power restored within the next couple of hours.
— Poudre Valley REA (@PoudreValleyREA) February 14, 2018
Some of the other areas that experienced power out because of line being blown down include but, are not limited to Johnstown, Milliken, Pierce and Ault.
The warming Chinook winds managed to warm temperatures around the Denver metro area well into the unseasonable 60s for afternoon highs!