EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. – The National Weather Service has issued blizzard and high wind warnings to impact northern El Paso County from noon Wednesday through noon Thursday. The public is urged to prepare for blizzard-like conditions with blowing snow, possibly mixed with thunderstorms, and sustained winds between 30 and 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 70-plus miles per hour east of Interstate 25.
Snow accumulation predictions range from 1 inch in the southern part of the county and within the City of Colorado Springs, and up to 6 inches in northern El Paso County. Areas north of Woodmen Road are predicted to receive the most impact, but snow is expected to move throughout the entire county. Snow combined with sustained high winds will likely cause limited visibility and make travel unsafe. Extensive tree and power line damage is also possible.
Residents are encouraged to remain indoors and off area roads as much as possible to avoid becoming stranded or in a crash, to allow snow crews to plow major roadways, and to allow first responders and law enforcement to do their jobs and keep everyone safe. Residents should also be aware of the possible high winds and secure outdoor items or bring them inside.
County and city snow patrols and 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. are closely monitoring the progression of the storm. The Emergency Coordination Center at 3755 Mark Dabling Boulevard will activate at 2 p.m. to manage all emergency operations. Any news briefings will be held at that facility.
More than 22 county snow plows will be activated at 2 p.m. with the entire county fleet ready to deploy as conditions dictate. City crews are prepared to respond with a full activation of all snow and ice control equipment, including its fleet of 40 plows.
The National Weather Service is expected to brief emergency personnel on current conditions at noon.
Stay tuned to local news and official city and county information at:
Colorado Springs Winter Weather Hub: ColoradoSprings.gov/winterweather
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