Snow gave way to some sunshine along with powerful wind gusts around the state Tuesday afternoon.

Near Fountain, the wind blew an enormous pile of tumbleweeds in front of a house, blocking the door with the pregnant homeowner inside. The woman called firefighters to clear a path in case she went into labor.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed roads in southeast Colorado because of low visibility caused by dust storms. 7News reported wind gusts of 77 mph at Gold Hill, 63 mph at Limon and 47 mph at Denver International Airport.

High temperatures around metro Denver reached the low 40s under mostly cloudy skies.

That's more than 10 degrees cooler than the average high of 55 degrees in Denver for March 18. The record high for the date is 82 degrees set in 1907.

Sunny skies return to the forecast Wednesday, with a high near 57 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

Thursday is shaping up to be the nicest day of the week: 65 degrees and sunny.