Colorado mobilizes National Guard for storm

Traffic backs up along 56th Avenue as a spring storm rolls in before the evening rush hour Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER, CO – Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has activated the National Guard in case troops are needed to rescue stranded motorists as they did during last month’s blizzard.

Guard officials said Wednesday that 50 soldiers and 24 vehicles will be positioned in the eastern part of the state, including vehicles with tank-like tracks for negotiating deep snow.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says highway closures are likely with a blizzard warning in place through Thursday morning.

The March blizzard paralyzed many of the same areas that are under the current warning.

Troops searched through the night and rescued 75 people and two dogs from vehicles, mostly in four counties southeast of Denver.

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