Preparing for Winter in the Mountains

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Colorado Winter Weather Awareness & Travel Safety from Ready.gov

Winter Weather Preparedness by Weather Underground

9 Things You Need to Do Now to Prepare for Winter
By Mikey Rox on 7 November 2014
Make sure you keep your home, health, and sanity intact by taking the following preventative measures now.
  1. Slowly Condition Your Home to Cooler Temperatures
  2. Kick Rodents and Other Pests to the Curb
  3. Stock Up on Your Outdoor Hardware
  4. Clear Vents and Chimneys to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Mishaps
  5. Take Preventative Measures Against Pipe Freezing
  6. Visit Your Doctor or Local Pharmacy for a Flu Shot
  7. Outfit Your Car for Winter Weather
  8. Replace Shingles and Clean Your Gutters
  9. Consider the Well-Being of Your Mind and Body
15 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter
These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.
  1. Tune Up Your Heating System
  2. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
  3. Prevent Ice Dams
  4. Hit the Roof
  5. Caulk Around Windows and Doors
  6. Clean the Gutters
  7. Divert Water
  8. Turn Off Exterior Faucets
  9. Drain Your Lawn-Irrigation System
  10. Mulch Leaves When You Mow
  11. Prepare to Stow Your Mower
  12. Don't Prune Trees or Shrubs Until Late-Winter
  13. Test Your Sump Pump
  14. Call a Chimney Sweep
  15. Restock Winter Essentials

Preparing for Winter - Tree Health

Colorado has a wildly unpredictable winter. We can see temperature swings of forty to sixty degrees in just twenty-four hours. Winter can be either incredibly dry, or wet and snowy. Also, Colorado has over three hundred sunshine-filled days per year, meaning that during winter the sun can be shining bright and warm, but the temperature can still be freezing. All these conditions mean that Colorado tree owners need to take special steps to prepare for winter. Water in winter, wrapping the trunk, and fall fertilization can all help tackle water.

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Colorado's Chain Law
From Sept. 1 through May 31, all commercial vehicles traveling on I-70 between the Edwards exit (mile point (MP) 133) and the Morrison exit (MP 259) must carry sufficient chains to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law.

Colorado Chain Law Frequently Asked Questions


Chain Up Tips for Passenger & Small Commercial Vehicles



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Colorado Chain Law Fact Sheet (2015) from Silverthorne.org

Colorado's new I-70 traction law in effect from September to May
Author: Erin Powell, 9News | Published: August 30, 2019

DENVER — Attention, drivers who use Interstate 70: Colorado’s new winter traction law goes into effect on Sunday and lasts for nine months.

The law, signed by Gov. Polis in May 2019, said vehicles need to either have snow tires or carry some sort of traction device (like chains or tire socks) at all times if they’re not four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The rule applies to the stretch of I-70 between Dotsero and Morrison, and it’s in effect from Sept. 1 to May 31, regardless of the forecast.

The new law also increased the minimum tire tread requirements to three-sixteenths of an inch.

CSP Trooper Gary Cutler told 9NEWS drivers should be aware that severe weather conditions can lead to stricter regulations.

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Have you performed a quarter test on your tires yet?
New Campaign, Operation TireSafe, Calls on Coloradans to Check Tires Before Driving to Mountains
How do you know if you need new tires? The Quarter Test is a quick and easy way to assess if your tires meet the minimum tread depth (one-eighth-inch) during a Traction Law.
  • Insert a quarter into the tire tread upside down, with Washington's head going in first.
  • If the top of George's head is covered by the tread, your tires are OK. Do this test at multiple points around each tire.
  • If the top of his head is visible at any point around the tire, your tires won't meet the Traction Law minimum, and you should consider new tires.



Suggestions on how to winterize your car include:
  • Battery and ignition system should be in top condition and battery terminals clean
  • Ensure antifreeze levels are sufficient to avoid freezing
  • Ensure the heater and defroster work properly
  • Check and repair windshield wiper equipment; ensure proper washer fluid level
  • Ensure the thermostat works properly
  • Check lights and flashing hazard lights for serviceability
  • Check for leaks and crimped pipes in the exhaust system; repair or replace as necessary
  • Check breaks for wear and fluid levels
  • Check oil for level and weight - heavier oils congeal more at low temps
  • Consider snow tires, snow tires with studs or chains
  • Replace fuel and air filters - keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining full tank
  • Remember to keep a winter weather emergency kit in your vehicle, just in case...
Winter Weather Vehicle Emergency Kit - more from READYColorado
  • Extra clothing, such as blankets, coats, hat and gloves
  • Shovel
  • Flares and jumper cables
  • Water and foods, such as trail mix and snacks

Driving safely on icy roads:
  • DO NOT PASS snow plows or sand trucks in operation!!!
  • Allow extra time for any travel
  • Decrease speed - stopping on ice and snow requires greater distance
  • Brake gently to avoid sliding or skidding
  • If your brakes do lock up, ease up on the brakes to regain traction
  • Use lower gears in poor conditions to maintain traction
  • Be careful when crossing bridges/overpasses as they will ice faster than roadways
www.coemergency.com/2010/10/colorado-win...-awareness-week.html
www.readycolorado.com/blog/winter-weather-travel-safety

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