Here we go again .. blizzard hits region

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It's déja vu all over again.

Another major storm is due to hit the area this afternoon and tonight. Blizzard conditions are expected later in the afternoon through Thursday morning, so authorities are discouraging travel. The Adams County office of the Colorado State Patrol closed I-76 from Lochbuie to the Nebraska line at midafternoon April 10.

Brighton School District 27J canceled its after-school programs across the district. It also applied to after-school care at elementary schools. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge Park in Commerce City planned to close at 2 p.m. Front Range Community College closed its Brighton campus early.

The Shopneck Boys & Girls Club also closed ahead of the storm. Adams County closed its government offices early in the afternoon, as did the Adams County Sheriff's Office. The city of Brighton closed its offices and facilities early, too. 

The monthly grief support group meeting at the Richard Lambert Foundation was postponed to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17.

The American Red Cross offered some safety tips to deal with the storm. Heat your home safely. Keep a proper area around space heaters free from obstacles. Place it on a hard, level, non-flammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor. Don't leave fireplaces unattended in the fire place. Don't use a cooking range or oven to heat your house. Turn off portable space heaters when you leave a room or go to sleep.

As for clothing, wear layers. Be careful when shoveling snow in cold temperatures. Check on the elderly and people living alone. Bring your pets inside.  

Authorities are discouraging travel. But if you have to, wear your seat belt. Don't follow too closely. Don't use cruise control. Don't pass snow plows.

We'll update later

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