Published on March 12, 2021
The city has prepared in several ways for the weekend storm that is expected to bring a large amount of snow, particularly to the western side of the metro area, and recommends residents plan ahead themselves to do all they can to stay off the roads.
- City snowplow crews will operate 24 hours throughout the storm to ensure the priority routes in the city are as clear as possible for traffic and emergency vehicles as outlined at Lakewood.org/SnowPlan.
- All of the city’s equipment and available staff are prepared for working long hours, and the city is monitoring numerous weather forecasts to plan for and respond to the storm. A determination will be made as early as possible on plowing residential streets.
- Staff across numerous departments including the Police Department are coordinating to respond to the storm. The Police Department will have extra staff on duty to respond to calls and assist those who become stranded. The department’s Community Action Team will also be on the streets to assist residents who are homeless, and planning has occurred for an emergency shelter if needed.
- The city’s Winter Storm Operations page at Lakewood.org will be activated to provide updates on plowing and other operations. Information will also be available at Twitter.com/LakewoodColo, Twitter.com/LakewoodPDCO, and Facebook.com/LakewoodGov.
- Lakewood’s recreation centers, Clements Community Center, Heritage Center and Washington Heights Arts Center will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The Lakewood Cultural Center has rescheduled its weekend rehearsals and performances to next weekend, and Washington Heights will end classes at noon today. The Lakewood Rides program will provide only emergency trips.
Preparations at home
- Heavy spring storms can cause power outages, downed limbs and road closures, and heavy snowfall can concentrate in the Green Mountain area in these kinds of storms.
- Xcel Energy has announced it has called on hundreds of employees and contractors to be ready for the storm and outlined how to report power outages and check for updates.
- Residents should stay off the roads and be prepared to stay at home, particularly at the height of the storm, which is expected to be Saturday night.
- Those needing additional medical supplies such as oxygen should get those ahead of the storm.
- Those relying on public transit should check for snow operation information.
- Residents are encouraged to check on elderly or vulnerable residents, particularly if power outages occur.