Winter Weather Updates: March 13-14 Storm

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Below are updates related to the March 2021 snow storm. The City of Colorado Springs will provide information as needed throughout the event.

Latest update: 3/14/21 5:30 p.m. 

Conditions Update

Residents should continue to avoid travel, if possible. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning in effect until midnight tonight for Northern El Paso County.  

North and Northeastern Colorado Springs continues to be impacted by snow and winds, but the central and southern portions of the city are faring better as temperatures are warmer and snow is lighter. 

Travel in the north and northeast portions of the city could be hazardous.  Areas north of Woodmen Road and east of Powers Blvd are experiencing white-out conditions and we have moved some or our resources to support this area.

With blowing winds, roads quickly recover with snow after plowing. Once the weather system clears out after midnight, crews can begin to make an impact on primary routes.

Mountain Metro Transit has cancelled its fixed-route and paratransit services Sunday, March 14, 2021.

For Tonight

Additional snow accumulations for tonight may range from ½ -2” for Southern Colorado Springs, 2-5” to the North/Northeast. Best chances for snow showers will be through 8 p.m. with snow to end around midnight (with the exception of far north/northeast Colorado Springs, which tends to receive greater snow totals).

For Tomorrow Morning

Crews will continue to work overnight to prepare for the morning commute, but given current conditions travel will be impacted, especially on neighborhood streets. Please be patient as we work to clear our primary and secondary routes before addressing neighborhood streets with six or more inches of snow.

Road conditions will vary considerably across the city-- check road conditions prior to traveling.      

    Road Closures

    • I-25 from Briargate Parkway in north Colorado Springs to Plum Creek Parkway in Castle Rock is closed in both directions (mile markers 151-180)
    • Highway 24 from Constitution Avenue to Limon is closed in both directions
    • Highway 83 from Shoup Road to Black Squirrel Creek is closed in both directions
    • Highway 94 from Space Village to Limon is closed in both directions
    • Highway 105 from Monument to Sedalia is closed in both directions

    Warming Shelters

    The Red Cross has activated and staffed three warming shelters in the following location:

    • Kilmer Elementary 4285 Walker Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80908
    • St. Peter Catholic Church 55 Jefferson St, Monument, CO 80132
    • Patriot Learning Center 11990 Swingline Rd, Peyton, CO 80831 (actually in Falcon near Woodmen Rd & Hwy 24)

    View a map of the shelter locations and also current road closures 

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    Update 3/14/2021 1:15 p.m.

    Residents should continue to avoid travel, if possible.

    Snow and strong, sustained winds at 20-30 miles power hour with gusts of 40 miles per hour or more, are resulting in blizzard conditions across northern El Paso County. Strong winds and snow are expected to continue into the early afternoon, causing blowing and drifting snow and nearly whiteout conditions at times over the county’s higher terrain. Blowing snow from gusty, northerly winds, slick roads and poor visibilities will result in hazardous travel conditions throughout the day.

    Road Closures

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed I-25 in both directions from Interquest Parkway in north Colorado Springs to Plum Creek Parkway in Castle Rock. The closure stretches from mile marker 153 to 180. Portions of highways 24, 83, 94 and 105 are also closed in both directions.

    • Highway 24 from Constitution Avenue to Limon is closed in both directors
    • Highway 83 from Shoup Road to Black Squirrel Creek is closed in both directions
    • Highway 94 from Space Village to Limon is closed in both directions
    • Highway 105 from Monument to Sedalia is closed in both directions
    • CDOT is reporting the following closures:
      • Interstate 25, all lanes both directions Monument – Plum Creek is closed
      • Hwy 105, both directions Monument – Sedalia is closed
      • Hwy 83, all lanes both directions Shoup Rd. – Black Squirrel Creek is closed

    Warming Shelter

    The Red Cross has closed two of its three warming shelters. No clients have used the shelters since opening on Saturday, March 13. The shelter at the Patriot Learning Center in Falcon remains open.

    • Patriot Learning Center 11990 Swingline Rd, Peyton, CO 80831 (actually in Falcon near Woodmen Rd & Hwy 24)

    Update 3/14/21 12:30 p.m.

    Heavy snow and strong winds resulting in blizzard conditions across the northern El Paso County area. (The heavy snow was/is already in play and now winds are currently sustained at 20-30mph with gusts to 30-40mph or more.  Current gust at the Air Force Academy measured at 45mph.

    Snow plow operations for the afternoon/evening:

    PM Crew will continue with a City-Wide Full Call-Out at noon.  Focus will remain on primary routes north;  primary and secondary roads all other areas. 

    For tomorrow morning:

    AM Crew is prepared to respond at midnight as needed.   

    Update 3/14/21 10:00 a.m.

    Heavy snow is expected to continue across the mountains and I-25 corridor Sunday morning, with heavier snow continuing through Sunday night over and near higher terrain. Blowing snow from gusty, northerly winds, slick roads and poor visibilities will result in hazardous travel conditions throughout Sunday.

    Residents should avoid travel, if possible.

    Current road closures

    • Highway 24 from Constitution Avenue to Limon is closed in both directors
    • Highway 94 from Space Village to Limon is closed in both directions
    • Preparatory actions are being taken to potentially close I-25

    Mountain Metro Service Cancelled

    Due to winter weather and worsening road conditions, Mountain Metro Transit has cancelled its fixed-route and paratransit services Sunday, March 14, 2021.

    Update 3/13/21 4:00 p.m.

    In response to the winter storm and anticipated conditions this evening, the Red Cross has opened three warming shelters in the following locations:

    • Kilmer Elementary 4285 Walker Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80908
    • St. Peter Catholic Church 55 Jefferson St, Monument, CO 80132
    • Patriot Learning Center 11990 Swingline Rd, Peyton, CO 80831 (actually in Falcon near Woodmen Rd & Hwy 24)

    View a map of the shelter locations and also any current road closures 

    Across the City, snow plows are on full call-out. Be sure to give them room to work. The National Weather Service emphasizes that travel could be very difficult during this storm. If possible, stay indoors and avoid travel. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

    Another round of heavy wet snow will spread across south central and southeast Colorado through the evening and overnight hours, with snow continuing through Sunday night for areas over and near the higher terrain, especially in the Pikes Peak region. #cowx pic.twitter.com/QQdzUDdduj

    — NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) March 13, 2021

     

    Update 3/13/21 11:40 a.m.

    The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency ManagementThe City and County are consolidating their Offices of Emergency Management in an effort to optimize staff resources, establish a single point of contact during major incidences and enhance communication both during and after an event. The new office, the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPR-OEM) will support operations during a disaster or emergency in El Paso County and Colorado Springs.Because disaster knows no jurisdictional boundaries, we can most efficiently prepare for an emergency and respond to one by coordinating our efforts on a regional basis. The establishment of the PPR-OEM will allow the county and the city to more effectively coordinate and assist first responders in an emergency as well as preparing the government and the community for a disaster. is closely monitoring weather conditions, and local officials stand ready to respond to impacts resulting from winter weather in and around Colorado Springs. City plows are on full call-out across the city. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect for El Paso County, including Colorado Springs, through midnight Sunday, March 14. 

    Meteorologists predict the heaviest snow will fall later this morning and early afternoon and let up late this afternoon. Additional snow may occur later tonight through Sunday as winds become northerly and gusty at 20 to 30 mph. Snow accumulation in southern El Paso County will vary greatly. Areas north and west of Colorado Springs could see close to a foot of snow, while areas in the southeast of El Paso County could see less snow.

    Avoid travel, if possible

    The National Weather Service emphasizes that travel could be very difficult during this weather event. If possible, stay indoors and avoid travel. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

    Watch for and obey any travel restrictions and stay tuned to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for updates.

    Residents should only call 911 for a life-threatening emergency.

     

    Update 3/13/21 8:30 a.m.

    While roads are mainly wet in the City, we are still expecting a winter storm into this afternoon and evening. If you have to travel this evening, plan for snowy conditions and travel delays. Highest snow volume is expected late Saturday into Sunday. If you can stay home, please do.

     

    Here's the latest thinking on snowfall totals and details on potential impacts with this weekend's winter storm. Greatest impacts are expected to be across the Pikes Peak region and the central mountains of southern Colorado. #cowx pic.twitter.com/MaiENH7HTP

    — NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) March 13, 2021

     

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