Wind gusts up to around 100 mph near Denver; Interstate 70 reopens across Eastern Plains

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DENVER — Wind gusts of up to around 100 mph are rattling areas west and north of Denver, blowing snow from Tuesday's storm across roads and knocking out power in some spots.

The National Weather Service says Wednesday's winds are caused by the jet stream interacting with the mountains.

Meanwhile, Interstate 70 across Colorado's Eastern Plains is back open now that blizzard conditions there have lifted. Eastbound lanes between Limon and the Kansas line reopened early Wednesday morning.

The storm dumped over a foot of snow in some parts of the plains and strong winds created snow drifts several feet high.

The mountains of southwestern Colorado got up to 2 feet of snow from the storm, raising the danger of avalanches. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center advises against backcountry travel there now.

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