The first few days of spring rushed in to the City of Arvada with conflicting weather patterns with sandal-wearing 75-degree days and a thick white sky of blowing snow and blizzard like conditions.
Today’s conditions swept more than 14 inches of snow throughout the city, prompting the closure of dozens of businesses, city government buildings and roads around the community.
As of 10 a.m., Arvada’s City Hall, the Apex Park and Recreation District facilities and scheduled events, Olde Town businesses made the call, cancelling all operations for the day while plows began to clear streets and parking lots around the city.
“We have 20 plows deployed and we have called in private contractors to help to the north and west because the winds out there are so significant,” said Maria Vanderkolk, Arvada’s communication’s manager, of the blowing storm. “What is around 12 inches for most people throughout the city is being blown into drifts of several feet where the winds are high.”
Along with city businesses, the city has closed several Highway 93 access points, and West 86th Parkway at Kipling and Alkire Streets because of a high number of abandoned vehicles. Fire crews are driving around to clear off traffic signals around the city which have been covered in snow.
Conditions are bleak, but a warm-up is set for later in the week. With feet of snow piled up all over the city, Vanderkolk said she fears flooding.
“With temps forecasted to be in the 50s tomorrow and Friday, one big concern we have right now is localized flooding once things start to melt, so our crews are paying special attention to low lying areas, storm drains, etc.,” she said, adding residents should expect to see significant tree and brush damage from the storm.
While more specifics are difficult to give, Arvada Police advises people to limit driving as traffic conditions are continuously deteriorating.
“There have been multiple road closures due to road conditions and white out conditions,” said Jill McGranahan, public relations coordinator with the Arvada Police. “Officers are asking people to shelter in place and limit driving to essential travel only.”