Blizzard Updates: Wednesday March 13 - 14, 2019
Town of Bennett Town Hall is closed on Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14, 2019.
The Governor has authorized the activation of the Colorado National Guard and verbally declared an emergency due to the storm that is currently impacting the Front Range. The Colorado National Guard will be activated for search, rescue and life safety operations. The Colorado Emergency Operations Center, coordinated by DHSEM, along with CDOT is working with local counties to prioritize the most immediate needs for those resources.
No ambulances can get into Town limits. There is an aid station at the Bennett-Watkins fire station.
After being closed, I-70 Westbound and Eastbound have been reopened from Airpark - Kansas state line (Milemarker 292-448).
Please stay off the roads. Driving conditions are considered very dangerous right now. Plowing priorities are State Highway 79, CO-36 and the Bennett Park and Recreation District.
The Bennett Park and Recreation District is open as a shelter for those who cannot get home.
Our Public Works team will work hard to keep roads clear and safe. Here are the Town's snow plow routes and procedures.
Blizzard expected to develop over portions of northeast Colorado Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night
Satellite imagery and the latest computer forecast models continue showing a very strong storm system developing over Colorado in the next 24 hours. Scattered showers and a few embedded thunderstorms have been moving over northeastern Colorado this evening and snow shower activity has been on the increase over the mountains. By Wednesday morning, a rapidly deepening low-pressure area is forecast to be located over southeast Colorado. Rain is expected to be falling across the northeast plains by sunrise. A cold front will move over the northeast plains between 8 AM and noon, changing precipitation over to snow and drastically increasing the winds as cold air moves in from the north. Blizzard conditions are expected to spread across northeast Colorado through the afternoon as snow intensities increase and strong winds produce poor visibilities in blowing and drifting snow. The most hazardous conditions will be from the I-25 corridor eastward.
Blizzard conditions are expected to persist overnight. West of the I-25 Urban Corridor, winds will be a little less than out on the plains, but moderate to heavy snow will combine with the winds to produce significant travel impacts during the afternoon and evening.
Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 75 mph.
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.
Travel could be very difficult. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. Very strong winds could cause extensive tree damage.