Colo. storm could bring blizzard conditions

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(AP) — Another snowstorm is bringing strong winds and frigid temperatures to parts of Colorado.

The National Weather Service said gusts up to 40 mph could create blizzard conditions on the plains southeast of Denver and into northern El Paso County into Wednesday. Forecasters said travel could become impossible in parts of Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, including along Interstate 70.

Wind chill readings could drop to near 10 degrees.

Independence Pass between Aspen and Leadville closed Tuesday because of an expected 6 to 9 inches of snow there.

In Denver, officials planned to distribute motel vouchers to women and families if homeless shelters filled up. Snow started accumulating in Denver on Tuesday night.

Northbound Interstate 25 was closed just before 10 p.m. Tuesday at Wellington because of blizzard conditions in Wyoming, where I-25 was completely closed between Cheyenne and the Colorado line. Interstate 80 also was closed in Wyoming between Laramie and Cheyenne.

A snowstorm last week dumped up to 18 inches of snow on parts of the state, damaging trees and power lines.

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