Though the Arctic blast’s icy grasp on Colorado is expected to continue through the weekend, there have been relatively few major incidents — so far.
Black ice turned several area roadways into ice rinks just in time for the morning rush hour Friday. Police responded to multiple calls from motorists who slid off area roads, but most of the incidents were minor, said Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol.
Temperatures peaked Friday at about 5 degrees and again dropped below zero through the evening. Highs on Saturday and Sunday could reach into the teens before dropping below zero overnight, the National Weather Service predicts. There remains a chance of light snow throughout the weekend.
Despite the extreme conditions, Elaine Hicks, executive director of the Humane Society of Weld County, said they have not experienced any surge in animals coming into the shelter with weather-related injuries.
One area where there have been incidents, however, is when it comes to plumbing. Crews have been responding virtually nonstop to reports of frozen or burst pipes since the frigid cold from plowed into the region Wednesday.
“It’s been a hectic few days,” said Sue Fuller, office manager for Greeley Plumbing LLC. She said the small business has frantically tried to respond to as many calls as possible including reports of complete freeze-ups of piping systems in mobile homes. They’ve also seen several cases of pipes leading to sinks along exterior walls freezing up.
Next week’s “warm up” that could finally bring temperatures back above freezing won’t necessarily mean the end of plumbing emergencies, Fuller said. That’s often when ruptured pipes that had been frozen solid can thaw and send fluid flying.
Her advice to residents throughout the next several days was simple and stern.
“Drip your faucets.”