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Plow crews pushing from one storm to the next

Snow and ice
Posted at 6:35 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 09:21:05-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — One snow event just ended in the Pikes Peak Region and another is on the way in less than 24 hours.

"Our plan at this point is just to carry-on snow and ice control operations through the next event depending on what it brings," said Colorado Springs Public Works Operations Director Jack Ladley.

The plan for plow crews is treating the two storms as one.

There is an evolution of tactics happening with the snow left by the first storm. Snow treatment during the storm helped expedite melting when the sun came out for a couple of hours Monday afternoon.

When fresh crews took over plows at noon, their goal was working in teams to push off as much of the melt as possible before sundown.

"My concern tonight, is that the sun goes down, the temperatures drop, and we get a freeze across the city,” Ladley said, “So that's why it's really incumbent upon us right now to try and get these roads slushed off and as dry as we can get them before the sun goes down."

If roads freeze, crews will treat them again with deicer.

The usual protocol focuses plowing on main arterials and connecting secondary roads. Overnight crews will also work on school routes, so they are ready if school districts that closed on Monday are back open Tuesday.

Districts are watching the progress of the second storm and will make decisions on opening early in the morning.

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