Winter Weather Preparedness Week Wrap-Up
Enjoy the great outdoors in Colorado this winter season...but watch the weather.
The National Weather Service issues a variety of winter weather outlooks...watches...warnings...and advisories...covered earlier during this Winter Weather Preparedness Week. Safety tips were also passed along.
An example of severe winter weather occurred in March 2003 across the eastern foothills...adjacent plains...and mountains. Snowfall amounts ranged from 80 to 110 inches...along with strong winds in some areas. The Denver metro area averaged nearly three feet of snow. The storm was well forecast...and people...for the most part...heeded the warnings...so casualties and impacts were mitigated.
More recent examples of what can happen during the winter weather season were the heavy snow events of December 2006. Back to back major storms occurred the third and fourth weeks of the month across eastern Colorado. Heavy snow accumulated over three feet deep in some areas. Strong winds drifted the snow into 12 to 20 foot drifts...and thousands of ranch animals fell victim. Travel was hampered for days in the hardest hit areas. More recently...a blizzard occurred the last week of March this year...which caused life threatening conditions across the eastern plains.
Last year...powerful winter storms brought blizzard conditions to the southwest mountains on two separate occasions...which threatened and took lives...due to avalanches and severe winter conditions. This year...a blizzard occurred the last week of March...and caused life threatening conditions across the eastern plains.
Before winter weather threatens this season...you should prepare a winter safety kit for your vehicle. When planning travel... check the latest weather forecasts. A valuable companion when heading out is a battery powered All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio ...”The Voice of the National Weather Service”. It provides you with the latest weather conditions and forecasts. You can pick one up at your local electronics or department store.
Finally...if you need information on winter weather safety...winter weather safety brochures...or All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio...please visit the web site of the National Weather Service office responsible for your area...
Have a safe and enjoyable winter season in the Centennial State.
All these efforts to be prepared for winter weather hazards will help us to build a “Weather-Ready Nation”, which will make America safer by saving more lives and protecting livelihoods.