Outages, Rough Commute Greets Colorado As We Dig Out From The Bomb Cyclone

· Mar. 14, 2019, 11:56 am
Photo: Bomb Cyclone 15 | Plow In Mirror - HVDHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Snow plows in mirror may appear closer than they are.

Wednesday's storm just about shut down the state as the bomb cyclone barreled through and headed to the Midwest. Shelters scrambled to accommodate increased demand — and the challenges of getting people experiencing homelessness from one place to another.

This morning? While the worst of the weather may be behind us, the aftermath is still going to cause a few problems:

Here's what we're seeing out there:

10:21 a.m.: That's all for today

Everyone has either hunkered in, or found a way to get where they needed to be today. No more updates will follow for the morning. If you see anything we need to know about, connect with us and let us know.

Oh, and don't forget to shovel those sidewalks.

9:33 a.m.: There's a lot to catch up on

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9:17 a.m.: Yes, this was weird

Peter Goble, a climatologist at Colorado State University, told Ryan Warner on Colorado Matters that, "the pressure drop for Colorado is, again, unprecedented. But we had something similar happen in March of 1973."

9:10 a.m.: Stuck cars are making it harder to dig out

Here's CDOT spokesperson Tamara Rollison: "Right now, CDOT's in full deployment. We're using all of our resources to clear the road as quickly as we can but it's going to be a while. Our big challenge right now is we have a lot of vehicles and trucks that are stuck along the I-25 corridor."
— Natalia V. Navarro

8:53 a.m.: Xcel is working to restore power, but it's pretty tough out there

Hollie Velasquez-Horvath, Xcel Spokeswoman: "If you can imagine 80 to 90 mile per hour winds, we had poles that had snapped, trees that had flipped over and crashed into electric lines. We had feeders that went out because of the wetness and thickness of the snow, so it was a whole combination of different things that impacted the outages."

She also said an additional 300 workers have come in from out of state to help restore electricity. At the high point, about 350,000 people were without power. Right now, about 85,000 homes are still without power.

8:23 a.m.: Things are better at the airport, but not great

DIA has reopened several runways after Wednesday's storm, meaning flights will likely be able to take off and land today. Four of six runways reopened overnight after crews cleared drifted snow. The airport said about 675 flights have been canceled today and that no flights will depart before noon.

DIA spokesperson Emily Williams said crews said “were out all night making sure that those runways are clear and operational.” She added that, “Pena [Boulevard] is open and clear, but it is icy and snowpacked.”

RTD's A Line is on a delayed schedule. Officials urge people to check their flight status before traveling to the airport.
— Andrew Villegas

7:57 a.m.: No rest for the wicked

The city of Denver reminds you that you have 24 hours to clear your sidewalk of snow. Here are the rules around snow removal.

7:18 a.m.: We're all officially digging out now

The effects of the bomb cyclone that left much of the Denver metro area at a standstill are still felt this morning. The Colorado National Guard said it rescued 36 stranded motorists overnight. Xcel energy said more than 80,000 customers in the metro area remain without power this morning.
— Andrew Villegas

6:51 a.m.: Colorado Springs is closed today (city offices)

City offices and facilities are closed. The city asks that non-essential personnel not to report to work. All emergency responders and essential personnel are required to report to work on time.

6:34 a.m.: Think twice about heading out this morning

As we mentioned, the roads aren't great. Weld County reports that all their plows are out, but abandoned and/or stuck vehicles have made work a challenge. Road in the county are snow-packed and icy with snow drifts. Local, secondary, & rural roads impassable. Meanwhile, closer to Denver, Adams County tells commuters bound for the airport to avoid the back roads to get there. They say you WILL get stuck. Meanwhile, in Elbert County...

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