Glenwood weather is fun for some, work for others
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Robert Taylor began his Tuesday shoveling snow from the sidewalks and steps at the Catholic Charities building on Grand Avenue.
“I’ve been out four times since it started snowing Monday, shoveling snow,” Taylor said.
And he figured that he’d be out again before the day was through, with the way the snow continued to fall.
After clearing snow from Catholic Charities at 10th Street and Grand Avenue, Taylor thought that the snow could be a way to make some money by shoveling snow for some homeowners or downtown businesses. He borrowed a shovel and took off on foot to see if he could find some snow to shovel for people.
“I thought it may be a way to make some money,” he said.
Taylor, a client of Feed My Sheep Ministries, was not the only one on shovel duty Tuesday morning, with much of the area covered with close to a foot of fresh snow. But for some folks, like Ron Madsen, the snow cramps their style a little bit.
“It’s too early for me,” he said. “I’m into old cars, and when the snow comes I don’t get to enjoy my hobby.”
Madsen said that living in the area, this is the weather that one comes to expect.
“But, I’m more of a nice weather kind of guy,” he confirmed.
The downtown sidewalks were bustling with people shoveling snow for much of the morning. The typical coffee shop crowds were slow to start the day. But by 10 a.m. the seats were filling up at the Bluebird Cafe, as usual. Chatter of the winter weather and snow-day festivities in the making, filled the conversations.
While most businesses were operating as usual, some decided to take the day off due to the adverse weather.
“Closed – snow day. See you tomorrow,” read one sign posted on the inside of the glass door to The Daily Bread in downtown Glenwood.
Where the snow was a chore for some like Taylor and Madsen, others saw it as a reason to play.
Derrick Petersen and Sarah Martin were not going to let the snow get them down. In fact, they were looking to enjoy it as much as possible on their day off from work.
“We’re trying to find a ride to Sunlight,” Martin said as the two slogged along Grand Avenue, snowboards in hand. “If not, it’s going to be a long walk.”
But a walk that they both agreed would be worth it considering that Sunlight Mountain Resort reported a fresh foot of powder in the past 24 hours. And close to 17 inches over Sunday and Monday.
While some enjoyed the snow day, for others it was just another day at the office.
Jim Mullen, owner of Jimmy’s 66 service station on Grand Avenue, began pushing snow with his skid loader at 6 a.m. He was still clearing the area around the fuel pumps, to accommodate customers, three hours later.
Emergency services such as the Colorado State Patrol Troopers were working through the storm. According to Trooper Rich Duran, weather-related auto accidents were “minimal” given the road and weather conditions.
“We have responded to approximately 10 to 15 cars that have slid off the roadways since early [Tuesday] morning,” Duran said. That report came in around 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Glenwood Springs Police reported a pretty quiet day in terms of snow-related calls. According to GSPD Lt. Bill Kimminau there was only one reported “minor accident,” and the majority of calls were of vehicles stuck in snowbanks.
And even though the snow may have slowed down the U.S. Postal Service, postal carriers lived up to their motto Tuesday.
“It definitely slows us down, but we make every effort,” said Glenwood Springs Postmaster Kathy Roberts. “And we haven’t had any reports of places that we could not get to today.”
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