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Posted on: December 31, 2021

[ARCHIVED] New Year’s Snow Zone Messages

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Heavy winter conditions, City Facilities Closed at 2 PM, Advice for New Year’s Fireworks and Weather, Devereux Road Traffic Hold Reminder

Since December 24, Glenwood Springs has received 27.5” of snow with more still falling. As of the morning of December 31, City Street crews, assisted by Gould Construction, have hauled 427 loads of snow off of the streets, with 576 hours of plowing tracked, and have used 300 tons of deicer. Over the Christmas break, in addition to plowing and de-icing, crews had to pump out several areas that had flooded. 

“We’re incredibly grateful for the tireless work of our crews, many of which often work their routes in long 12-hour shifts,” said Public Works Director Matt Langhorst. “Most snow events occur later in the day and overnight, this one has just been snow all day and night making it tougher to catch up and do a detailed cleaning. Thank you to everyone as we work through these heavy winter conditions.”

Glenwood Springs has just over 87 lane miles of streets in the city to plow, many with unique plowing challenges like curves in the road, obstructions, or lack of convenient locations to pile snow. To reach as many streets as quickly as possible and to keep up with the snowfall, crews are typically unable to detail each street. By keeping a uniform pace and approach, crews are able to prioritize keeping emergency access and driving lanes open. Crews prioritize emergency access and school bus access first, then they hit all the side streets to open them up. 

All City Facilities to close at 2 p.m. due to Weather

City Hall, the Community Center, Recycle Center, and the South Canyon Landfill in Glenwood Springs will close early today, December 31 due to weather. Each facility is also closed tomorrow, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day except the Community Center which will be open with regular hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Advice for New Year’s Fireworks and Weather

Fireworks are still scheduled to light up the Glenwood sky tonight at 7 p.m. These will be long range fireworks and will be viable from most parts of town. You can avoid the crowd and winter roads and watch from home. If you do plan to watch from downtown, please remember to drive carefully, social distance and consider wearing a face mask.

We are expecting as much as 10” of snow between 8 a.m. today, December 31, 2021, and 9 a.m. on January 1, 2022. Please be advised that roads will likely be snow packed and icy until mid-day on January 1. It is strongly recommended to only travel if necessary. 

  • Snow tires or all-terrain tires are recommended for winter use.
  • Do not attempt to cross over the windrows in the center of the road. 
  • Watch out for the plow drivers, give them room and courtesy please. Please remember they are away from their families on the holidays making sure that the city streets are safe for everyone.
  • Please adhere to the new City Code and do not deposit snow from your commercial or residential private property in the City right-of-way. The streets and sidewalks contain all the snow we can handle, please keep private snow on private property.

Devereux Road Traffic Hold Reminder

To allow for a safe setback during the fireworks display, there will be an approximately 30-minute traffic hold on Devereux Road beginning at 6:50 p.m. There will be no through traffic between Centennial Street and Two Rivers Plaza Road.

For access to Iron Mountain Hot Springs during this time, use the Midland Avenue entrance on to Devereux Road near the exit 114 roundabouts then follow Devereux to Centennial Road. Access to the Glenwood Caverns, hotels and Land Rover, will remain open via the Devereux Road and Highway 6 and 24 intersection.



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