PUEBLO — Roads in Pueblo and Pueblo west remained slipper, snow packed and difficult to navigate Monday as Pueblo County seemed to take the brunt of this week’s winter storm.
If you don’t find joy in shoveling your driveway, you’re not pueblo resident Guy Chabot.
“Oh I love it,” Chabot said. “We came from Florida… and south Florida, so we don’t get this in south Florida.”
His house was covered with snow Monday evening.
“I figure… five inches,” Chabot said.
For Pueblo area residents this much snow this early doesn’t feel normal.
“No, no not in October like this,” Pueblo West resident Sandy Carillo said. “Just on rare occasions.”
Carillo said she measured 16 inches at her house.
“I’ve only seen one or two worse than this, but this has been pretty bad,” Pueblo West resident John Radiff said. Radiff said he measured at least a foot at his house.
Most roads in Pueblo and Pueblo West were at least somewhat covered Monday. Some were unable to make out at all.
“I’m picking my wife up from work because she couldn’t get up three hills that leads out of our house,” Radiff said. “So I had to kind of help her out.”
For the city’s plow drivers, plenty of slipping and sliding means plenty of work.
“Normally we’re the banana belt but this time we got a bit of snow,” said John Rodriguez with the City of Pueblo. “What they do is, they come in at 7, they work until 7, then the day crew comes in and relieves them.”
This much snow means making priorities.
“They’re trying to hit the major thoroughfares, like I said, get emergency services and those roads ready to go.”
As for Chabot, his priority is staying safe and warm.
“Oh yeah just staying in,” Chabot said. “No reason to go out, you don’t need to go out.”
The City of Pueblo also opened the transit center at 123 Court Street as an overflow warming shelter Monday night to make sure everyone has a place to stay warm.