Crazy Spring Snow Storms

Blizzard then sun. Another wet snow storm then sun. Springtime in Colorado Springs has everything – snow, sun, rain, wind, more sun, then hail. Personally I love it because it tells me that summer is just around the corner. But what I don’t love is when people do not know how to drive in the snow. Sure, there are a lot of people who transfer here from warmer climates, but you would think that would make them even more cautious when driving in the snow. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

A few weeks ago we had a nasty spring snow storm that presented blizzard conditions, over 15″ of snow in some areas, and ended up with roads closing. Many business and organizations even closed early to make sure their employees and members were able to get home safely. One major road heading towards the east part of town closed due to so many vehicles sliding off the road. Sure enough – I was one of the people who got stuck on the wrong side of the closed road – but I finally made it home 6 hours later.

Then the big thaw came the next day. 65 degrees and sunny. On my way back into town I counted how many cars were stranded on the side of the road due to the storm and there were 52! It looked like some were in accidents, and some just slid off the road. I’m sure the towing companies in town had a very profitable few days.

I thought that was the final snow storm of the season, but boy was I wrong. A couple of weeks later, we had another spring snow storm that was made of wet, heavy snow. This is the type of snow perfect for making snowmen, but also the perfect type of snow to damage trees and power lines. Sure enough, as advertised, some parts of town got over 2 feet of snow. This time however, it was during the weekend so businesses were not as badly affected as the last storm. And sure enough, the next day it was 60 degrees and sunny and the snow melted as fast as it appeared.

Hopefully, this will be the last snow storm of the season. While I like the water that our lawns will suck up, I’m pretty over the snow and ready for summer to start!