COLORADO SPRINGS — A summer storm has the attention of road crews in Southern Colorado. Plows are are moving out, ready to do what it takes to keep drivers moving.
Weeks of 90-degree temperatures swinging to freezing in just hours is highly unusual. “What we tend to prepare for is the worst-case scenario.” Jack Ladley, an Operations Manager with Colorado Springs Public Works is tracking several forecasted models. "Called for upwards of an inch an hour of snowfall. If we get that, even with the ground temperature we're going to see at least some pretty heavy slushing."Colorado Springs is on a full call-out through the night. 40 drivers will be doing 12 hour shifts through the storm.
There is also unease about the damage this storm could cause to trees. “If the snow comes in and it’s really wet and heavy, that is a concern, “said City Forester for Colorado Springs, Dennis Will. “The leaves are going to be a problem. If it had been another 30 days later, I think we’d be in a lot better shape.” Heavy, wet snow piling onto trees could snap branches.