UPDATE - December 8, 11:15 AM --
Snow continues to fall as part of this storm system with a total of 6" so far today, with two of those inches falling since 6 a.m. City snow plows and contractors continue to remove snow across town. Crews prioritize emergency access and school bus access first, then all the side streets. Once the storm passes, crews will move to clean up and detail operations. The Street Department’s goal is to respond to snow and snow plowing concerns within 48 hours after the snowstorm has ended.
City crews are continuing snow plowing operations and are preparing for additional snowfall with the current winter storm system. The system moved in last night and is expected to be in the area until Thursday morning. Last night (December 5) was wet snow with a total accumulation of 3-5” throughout town. City plow crews are scheduled to start plowing at 4 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Once the storm passes, crews will move toward clean-up operations.
Please be cautious around plow trucks and equipment that you may see within the City or on the highway. Allow yourself extra time to get to where you are going to keep yourself and others safe.
PREPARE FOR WINTER TRAVEL:
- Be road ready. Ensure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid and fuel. Completely clear snow off your car windows, lights, and the top of your car.
- Check your tires. Make sure to check the air pressure in all tires, including your spare, and that your tires have good tread — at least 3/16”. Winter tires are recommended, Colorado has a traction law.
- Perform a safety check. Give your vehicle a tune-up before long trips. This includes getting an oil change if necessary, inspecting the battery, brakes and pads and wiper blades. Ensure you have a full tank of gas, and lastly, check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights.
- Have a plan. Prepare a winterized emergency vehicle kit. Always plan your route in advance and be sure to let someone know your route and estimated time of arrival (ETA).
WHILE YOU’RE ON THE ROAD:
- Drive for the conditions. Ice and packed snow make it hard to stop – give yourself extra space between you and the car in front of you for stopping room. Slow your speeds in winter conditions to prevent accidents – do not drive faster than you can see ahead. Turn on your headlights to improve visibility.
- Bow to the plow. It is illegal to pass a snowplow when it is operating its lights and operating in a tandem formation with one or more snowplows. Don’t crowd the plow, be sure to remain three to four car lengths behind snowplows.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Street Department at 970-384-6379. Our goal is to respond to snow and snow plowing concerns within 48 hours after the snowstorm has ended.
About the City’s Snow Removal Operations:
- There are a total of 10 plow and equipment operators for the City, some of whom come to serve our community from as far as Parachute.
- 6 of the 10 employees are Certified Snow Removal Operators by the American Public Works Association.
- The city has a contractor onboard that helps remove the snow piles down the middle of the road with a snowblower that is 52” tall, 110” wide and weights 9,000 lbs. Allow plenty of space when you see it coming.
- Be cautious around all plows and dump trucks do not assume that they can see you.