The last storm that moved through Colorado brought a flash freeze to the Pikes Peak region. Rapidly dropping temperatures caused ice to develop, making for treacherous conditions on area roads.
The city of Colorado Springs said the flash freeze occurred in such a way that it undid all of the precautionary de-icing crews had been applying since well before the storm’s arrival.
“It essentially froze all of the work that we had already done,” said streets division manager Corey Farkas.
Farkas said his team will be approaching treatment differently this time, as the potential for another flash freeze looms.
“We are aware this time of the potential for the flash freeze. So, we’re going to take every precaution that we can to deal with it as best we can. That’s going to incorporate using more sand for traction,” said Farkas.
He told KRDO Newschannel 13 that de-icing agents work effectively, unless air temperatures are too cold. With temperatures plunging into the single digits and below zero, sand may prove more effective with this storm.
Farkas said the city has 58 trucks loaded and ready. He said the city will be out in full force. Pretreatments will begin getting applied as early as Tuesday afternoon, with trucks expected to be out in full force by Wednesday morning.
“We’re starting to formulate how we’re going to initially attack this storm as it moves through. Mother Nature changes from minute to minute, and as those changes occur, we’ll make adjustments,” said Farkas.