A drop in temperature this afternoon is expected to “flash freeze” streets. That slippery black ice won’t be visible to drivers and will make roads very slippery. SLOW DOWN and take your time getting home from work today. We could also see winds and higher gusts causing blowing and drifting snow. If you don’t have to go out, please stay home.
City snowplow crews remain on full call-out across the city in anticipation of the next round of snow later this afternoon. They continue to focus on primary and secondary routes. Those are streets with lots of traffic and provide access to hospitals, schools, and streets that connect to neighborhoods and main arteries. If the next round of snow is heavy, they will focus on primary routes in an effort to keep those open and then readdress secondary routes.
Be prepared for the cold
Tonight the temperature is expected to hover around zero degrees and snow will continue to fall intermittently. There could be some lingering snow showers tomorrow morning. Highs Wednesday only in the teens to lower 20s with overnight lows falling to either side of zero into Thursday morning.
Limit time outdoors. If you do find yourself outside, make sure you are prepared. To prevent frostbite and hypothermia:
- Limit time outdoors or in prolonged cold conditions
- Wear clothing that is warm enough for the temperature
- Dress in layers
- Stay dry – this includes protecting yourself from moisture from precipitation as well as sweat
Only use safe heating sources. Using unsafe heating sources inside your home can put you and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Never use portable heating devices that run on gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal inside your home.
- Make sure generators outside your home are at least twenty feet from doors, windows and vents.
- Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home and
- Have your furnace checked to ensure it’s working properly
Pets get cold too.
- Bring pets inside or make sure they have adequate shelter and water that is not frozen
- Wipe your dog’s paws. Ice-melting chemicals can make your pet sick or cause irritation to their skin and mouth
Have an emergency vehicle kit
Make sure you are ready for an in-car emergency. Assemble an emergency supply kit for your vehicle. Here are some of the things to consider adding the following items for winter conditions. For more visit ColoradoSprings.Gov/WinterDriving
- At least half a tank of gas
- Cell phone and charger
- windshield scraper and extra windshield washer fluid
- Water and food
- Extra hats, socks and mittens, rain gear and extra clothes
- First aid kit
- Necessary medications
- Working jack and lug wrench, spare tire
- Shovel, road salt and sand
- Jumper cables
- Emergency flares or reflective triangles
- Fluorescent distress flag
If you become stranded, protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning by opening a downwind window slightly while your vehicle is running. Run your vehicle about 10 minutes out of every hour. Periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe.