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Blizzard Safety

  • Check the Forecast and Watch the Weather: Listen to the radio or TV for watches and warnings. A Winter Storm Warning for most Colorado's Front Range communities usually means a snowfall of at least 6 (15.24 cm) inches in 12 hours or 8 inches(20.32 cm) or more in 24 hours. Winter Storm Warnings or Heavy Snow Warnings for the mountains mean 8 inches or more expected in a 12-hour period. A Blizzard Warning means that, in addition to snow, winds of 35 mph or greater are expected for a period lasting at least 3 hours, and visibilities may be reduced to a mile or less.
  • When Driving: Do not travel during winter weather unless absolutely necessary. Dress warmly and make sure the car is in good running condition and has a full tank of gas. Bring a winter storm kit (chains, booster cables, shovel, blankets, extra clothing, food, water, or a cell phone if you have one). Reduce speeds and allow extra distance for braking on slick roadways. Keep away from downed power lines. If you become stranded, turn on the emergency flashers or raise the hood. Run the engine for short periods, making sure the tail pipe is clear of snow and a window is cracked for ventilation.
  • Outdoors: Dress in several layers of clothing and wear a hat. Mittens will keep your hands warmer than gloves. Remember that wind increases the cooling effect on the human body, so exposed skin will get frostbitten easier on cold, windy days.
  • At Home: Stock emergency supplies (food, water, flashlights, etc.) in case the power goes out. Use only approved indoor heating devices (not charcoal), and be especially careful with fires and candles.