Winter storm Juno is packing a punch in the Rockies and it’s bringing heavy snowfall to parts of the Denver metro area. At this point, more than 270 flights have been cancelled at SkyWest Airlines alone. That’s an incredible amount of inconvenience for an area that is already struggling to cope with increasing traffic. In addition to the cancelled flights, there are reports of significant delays and road closures. If you’re planning on traveling in or out of the Denver metro area this week, be sure to heed any travel advisories that are released.
What is a winter storm and what does it mean for Denver?
A winter storm is a type of severe weather event that occurs in the colder months. In Denver, this storm has already caused hundreds of cancellations and delays at local airports. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for the area, warning residents that cold temperatures and strong winds are both hazards. This advisory will be in effect until 8pm tonight.
In addition to the wind chill advisory, there is also an ice alert in affect for the metro area. This means that areas could see treacherous conditions with roads becoming slick and hazardous driving conditions. If you live in these areas, please take necessary precautions to stay safe during this weather event.
What are the specific risks of a winter storm in Denver?
As the National Weather Service in Denver continues to forecast a Winter Storm Warning for the metro area until 11 PM tonight, it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with such weather conditions. Here are just a few:
-A major traffic tie-up and potential pile-up on highways and roadways;
-Loss of power and telephone service;
-Ice buildup on trees and power lines, leading to possible blackouts;
-Injuries from falling objects or being stranded in icy conditions.
What are some things to do if you can’t leave your house because of the snow?
If you live in Denver and can’t leave your house because of the snow, here are some things to do:
1. Check with your airlines for updates on cancellations and delays.
2. Stay connected with family and friends who are still able to travel.
3. Plan alternate activities to keep yourself busy.
4. Consider investing in a snow emergency kit – this will include food, water, a stove, and warm clothes – just in case you end up spending the night indoors.