Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
Bill Morgan, Jr.
Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region got a taste of winter this week as 3-4 inches of snow fell on the city and surrounding area. The snow that started gently on Wednesday afternoon turned into a blinding snowstorm with whiteout conditions by Wednesday evening leaving the highways, interstate and side roads dangerously slick and treacherous in spots.
We’ve dodged many heavy snowstorms this year so when snow comes in this quickly it gives us all a good reminder that maybe we can use a refresher course on driving in the ice and snow. AAA offers this PDF titled How to Go on Ice and Snow that is definitely worth a read. If you have a new teenage driver in the house that doesn’t have any experience driving in snowy or icy conditions this information could be lifesaving. Or read it over with them as a good recap for all family members that drive. Best advice from all traffic and road safety groups is to stay home if you don’t need to be out on the road. But if you do have to travel in the snow or ice drive slowly, keep enough space from the vehicle in front of you, brake gently and keep your lights and windshield clean. Simple tips but ones that are often forgotten when we try to rush home to beat the oncoming storm.
The snowstorm left downtown Colorado Springs streets deserted Wednesday night with many downtown businesses closing early or canceling their evening events. And while the weekend forecast calls for more precipitation we shouldn’t get the accumulation of Wednesday’s storm.
Are you ready for more snow?