DENVER — Hundreds of thousands will take to Colorado roads to drive to Nebraska and Wyoming to see the solar eclipse in the path of totality, but millions will remain in Colorado.
In the Denver metro area, the eclipse will begin at 10:23 a.m., breaking into its peak at 11:47 a.m. and ending at 1:14 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.
The hours-long event is expected to draw onlookers across the state, but don't expect to see a total solar eclipse unless you head north or northeast. Denver will see 92.3 percent totality, with parts of Colorado experiencing more or less depending on distance from the path of totality.
In order to view the eclipse, onlookers are should always wear No. 16 welding glasses, solar eclipse viewing glasses or a utilize pinhole projector. Experts tell Denver7 vision loss is inevitable unless precautions are taken.
The flurry of people seeking to see the once-in-a-lifetime experience are expected to cause havoc on Colorado roads, especially I-25 near Fort Collins, where about 600,000 people are expected to cross into Wyoming.
Colorado was warned to brace itself for traffic jams, cell tower outages and possible wildfires due to motorists who park on dry grass and those who improperly discard cigarettes.
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