Monday, February 1, 2016

Snow day in Colorado Springs

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:11 PM

click to enlarge Here's the scene downtown looking southwest from the Independent's office. Not a creature was stirring. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Here's the scene downtown looking southwest from the Independent's office. Not a creature was stirring.

UPDATE:
Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) will suspend bus service at 5:15 p.m. today due to extreme winter conditions. The last departure from the downtown terminal at 127 E. Kiowa St., Citadel Mall transfer center, Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus transfer center, and Voyager Parkway transfer center will be 5:15 p.m. Buses will then complete their routes and go out of service. Bus service status for Tuesday, February 2 will be determined by 5:00 a.m. and we will continue to update the media and post the most current information on our facebook and twitter pages, #MMTRA, on recorded phone messages at 385-RIDE (7433), and on the City’s web site.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).
——ORIGINAL POST MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2016, 1:11 P.M.————————

The closing of all schools in the region today seems like a smart move, given the way the snowfall has picked up over the last four hours.

Driving in today wasn't that bad, largely because school cancellations meant so many fewer cars on the road.

Add to that El Paso County's closing of its offices, announced last night:
All El Paso County Administrative Offices, County Affiliated Agencies and El Paso County Combined Courts will be closed Monday, February 1, 2016 due to this continuing winter storm. This closure includes the Department of Human Services, El Paso County Public Health, El Paso County Public Trustee and the Offices of the Fourth Judicial District Attorney as well as county offices of the Treasurer, Assessor and the Clerk and Recorder. Jurors do not need to report Monday.

The Public Services Department (PSD) is closely monitoring weather information for late Sunday through Tuesday. The National Weather Service (NWS) is watching the movement of a storm that has already produced 2 to 4 inches of snow over most of the area and is expected to continue to produce significant snow accumulations across the County accompanied by strong gusty winds.

Due to the warmer than normal temperatures before this storm arrived, road crews are reporting icy conditions throughout the County. A full call-out of snowplows and graders will be working primary roads starting at 2 a.m. But snow is expected to continue through the day Monday with periods of heavy snow and high winds expected.

The County Office of Emergency Management reminds citizens to plan accordingly by monitoring weather forecasts and travel warnings. You should also make sure to have a well-equipped winter preparedness kit for your car and home. For a complete guide to winter preparedness for your home and vehicle go to: http://adm.elpasoco.com/EMPREP/Pages/OfficeofEmergencyManagement.aspx

County Public Services is prepared to combat winter weather conditions with 43 plow trucks, 23 road graders and a stockpile of sand and salt. The equipment list also includes two large self powered snow blowers and two truck-mounted blower attachments to handle large snow drifts. Smaller trucks with plows are used in Ute Pass where some of the roads are the same width as the standard 11 foot snow blades.

El Paso County PSD maintains more than 2100 miles of county roads ranging from multi-lane urban thoroughfares to neighborhood cul-de-sacs and rural gravel roads.
While the city of Colorado Springs employees reported to work this morning, those offices, too, shut down at 1 p.m. except for essential personnel and reminded people of these things:

· Stay off the roads if you can.
· Give snowplows plenty of room.
· Roads are slick. Please be patient and slow down.

Here's a news release:
Due to the increased winter weather conditions, all City of Colorado Springs non-essential personnel will be dismissed at 1 p.m. today, Monday, February 1.

The Colorado Springs Municipal Court will also close at 1 p.m. Residents with a scheduled appearance after 1 p.m. today must report to the court within 48 hours to schedule a new appearance date.
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The Colorado Springs Airport remains open but check flights; some have been cancelled:

The Colorado Springs Airport remains open during Monday’s winter storm. Snow removal teams have been working around the clock to ensure that runways and taxiways remain safe for aircraft operations.
United Airlines has reported cancellations to/from Colorado Springs and Denver in anticipation for hazardous winter weather later today and into Tuesday. Those flight numbers include:
DEPARTURES
UA 5177 COS/DEN
UA 5256 COS/DEN
UA 6527 COS/DEN
UA 6250 COS/DEN
ARRIVALS
UA 6436 DEN/COS
UA 5658 DEN/COS
UA 5698 DEN/COS
UA 5544 DEN/COS
UA 6259 DEN/COS
No other cancellations have been reported at this time.
Passengers are highly encouraged to check with their airline (not the Airport) for all official flight information. It is recommended that passengers arrive at the Airport at least 2 hours before their departure time.

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