Effects linger from monster blizzard

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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.

27J Schools closed for a second day March 14 , which means a second day of no extracurricular activities. The Brighton Recreation Center planned to open around noon, citing poor road conditions. Adams County government offices were planning to open around noon as well.

There's been little change in the road conditions. Major roads are in somewhat better shape than side streets. City snowplow crews are on 12-hour shifts. Four more plows joined the clean-up effort late March 13.

Eastbound lanes of I-76 remain closed from Lochbuie east to Nebraska. Drifts, in places, were 5 feet deep along I-76. At lest five semi tractor-trailer rigs are lined up at the Lochbuie exit on I-76 waiting for the road to reopen. Some stranded drivers were taken to the Eagle View Adult Center. Their stranded cars wound up at the Adams County District Attorney's Office.

Late March 13, United Power officials estimated 3,000 of its customers were without power.

We'll update during the course of the day.