Snow Ops Discourages Travel this Weekend

Published on March 03, 2021

Snow Ops

With the National Weather Service in Boulder forecasting several feet of snow to fall over the weekend, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for Snow Ops and encouraging residents to stay off the roadways.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service was tracking a significant storm that could bring widespread snowfall to northeast Colorado. The snow is expected to begin flying Friday night and continue through Sunday night, possibly into Monday morning.

Snow accumulations are estimated to be 1-3 feet across the entire urban corridor. Travel may become “nearly impossible” Saturday evening through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow will be preceded by rain or a rain/snow mix, which could knock out power lines. The sheriff’s office is urging residents to prepare now in the event electricity is out for an extended time. Make sure you have:

  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food and water (one gallon per person per day).

  • Flashlight.

  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries.

  • A fully stocked first aid kit.

  • Medications (at least a seven-day supply).

  • Plenty of blankets and warm clothing.

  • An alternate source of heat, such as a fireplace, and plenty of fuel.

  • An alternate cooking source, such as a camping stove (use in a well-ventilated place).

  • Fully charged cellphone.

  • Shovel.

  • Generator.

In addition to stocking up on supplies for home, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to stay off the roadways this weekend.

“If this storm is anything like what we experienced in 2003 and 2006, it could be several days before anyone is able to get to you should you get stuck in your car,” said Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams. “The safest thing to do this weekend is stock up on supplies and ride out the storm from home.”

If travel is essential, make sure you have:

  • A full tank of gas.

  • Food and water for at least three days.

  • Warm clothing.

  • Blankets/sleeping bags.

  • Medications.

  • Fully charged cellphone and charging cord.

  • Fully stocked first aid kit.

  • Shovel.

  • Rock salt, sand or kitty litter.

For more tips and supply ideas, download this Winter Storm Safety Checklist published by the American Red Cross.