Snowstorm preparation and planning underway in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Snow removal crews are already gearing up for an upcoming snow storm this week. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning from noon Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday for northern El Paso County.

Severe weather conditions are expected, including falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility likely. The National Weather Service says whiteout conditions could make travel extremely dangerous.

Colorado Springs city crews are planning to have their full team in place by Tuesday night. That includes 40 plow trucks and 80 operators.

“Our concern, of course, is heavy snowfall coupled with 70 mile an hour winds," said Jack Ladley, the operations manager for Colorado Springs's Public Works Department. "Wind is going to be a big factor. My concern is drifting and what that will do to the roadways."

Ladley tells 11 News the wind will significantly impact how his crews work to clear the roads.

"Depending on which direction the wind is coming from, of course, we’re going to take the snow with the wind," said Ladley. "Normally, we might split a roadway at half. We might have to take it all in one direction just because the winds are so fierce.”

Ladley says city crews are focusing on moving equipment to the north end of Colorado Springs.

"Our biggest impact will be on the north end of the city, expecting Woodmen and north," said Ladley.

Ladley says his crews will stay in constant communication on Thursday and make operational decisions as conditions deteriorate. As of Monday night, they are not planning on pre-treating the roads.

"Given the temperatures, we’re going to have with this event, that’s not a major concern for me," Ladley said. "It’s just going to be the wind conditions and our ability to actually get out and plow the roadways.”

A spokesperson for CDOT tells 11 News crews will most likely be on "snow shift" Tuesday night. That means operators will be working 12-hour shifts.

Plows will stay out on the roads during Wednesday's storm, working over and over again until roads are clear. CDOT says if a road closes, they may transfer resources over to open roads. However, plows would have to revisit closed roads again before they could reopen.

You can track CDOT snowplows by visiting their website