Clean-up begins after monster snowstorm

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By Steve Smith

The snow stopped. The winds didn't, and now begins the process of cleaning up and digging out of one of the strongest storms on record.

The snowfall wasn't gargantuan. But the wind speeds were on a par with a category 2 hurricane.

Weld Re-8 Schools closed for a second day March 14 , which means a second day of no extracurricular activities. City offices opened late in both Frederick and Fort Lupton. Weld County government offices closed.

There's been little change in the road conditions. Major roads are in somewhat better shape than side streets. Eastbound lanes of I-76 remain closed from Lochbuie east to Nebraska. Drifts, in places, were 5 feet deep along I-76. 

Authorities are asking people to stay off the roads so sanding crews can come in and make the roads usable. At one point March 13, snow-removal efforts from both the county and CDOT came to a stop because of blowing snow and poor visibility.

"There are still dangerous conditions, and many don't realize the risk to themselves and others," the Fort Lupton Fire Department tweeted.

We'll update during the course of the day.