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Possible Wet, Heavy Snowfall Saturday Could Cause Significant Tree Damage

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- The National Weather Service predicts the potential for heavy, wet snowfall beginning late Friday night, through Saturday evening that may cause significant tree damage in Colorado Springs.

To minimize tree damage, residents should consider the following:

  • Check to make sure the tree is clear of all utility lines prior to removing snow; do not attempt to remove the snow if utility lines are anywhere near trees.
  • If the tree is clear of utility lines, remove as much snow as possible from branches.
  • Do not attempt to climb tree or use ladder to reach higher limbs.
  • Removing the snow while it is still snowing will make the job easier and will prevent the load from becoming too heavy on the branches. Use a broom or other soft object, as shovels and other sharp objects may break branches or peel the bark.
  • Although temperatures are not anticipated to drop low enough for snow to freeze on the limbs during this storm, if this occurs, do not attempt to remove the ice from the branches.
  • Deciduous trees already in bloom, such as crabapples and pears, as well as all evergreens, are particularly susceptible to heavy snow accumulation. 

Be especially vigilant of trees during and following a storm as they may be more susceptible to breakage or falling due to damage already caused by the April 4 storm.

For non-emergency calls for assistance with downed trees in roadways call 719-385-ROAD. Residents may also use GoCoSprings, the City’s mobile app, to report damage at https://www.coloradosprings.gov/gocosprings.  Select “Report a new issue” and select “Other”. Reports to the mobile application will be processed Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emergency calls should be directed to 9-1-1.

Property owners are responsible for cleanup of debris from trees on private property. For trees on private property, citizens can call licensed and insured tree care contractors.  For a list of licensed tree services, visit the City Clerk’s website at Coloradosprings.gov/license.

As always, exercise caution whenever a weather event occurs. Tree branches may break due to high winds or excessive weight from snow. Maintain a safe distance from potential hazards and look overhead before walking or parking vehicles during and after a storm event.