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Recent snowstorm serves as reminder to finish house, yard preparations for winter

Posted: 1:05 PM, Nov 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-12 20:05:02Z

DENVER — The recent snowstorm served as a reminder to take note of what needs to be done around the home and yard before heavier snowfalls and colder temperatures descend on the Denver Metro area.

Sunday’s snowfall made for Monday morning havoc on the roads around the Denver Metro as drivers made their way to work.

While crews in Colorado Department of Transportation snowplows worked to clean the roads of the snow and ice, emergency personnel were also busy clearing accidents that slowed traffic on major highways like I-25 and I-70.  

The snow started melting by the late morning, but the morning chaos served as a reminder to revisit pre-winter checklists.

“I don’t think you’re ever really ready,” said Lakewood resident Timothy Bryant. “Mother Nature can come and go and you just never know.”

Bryant said he stays busy getting ready for the winter and enjoys the snow when it does come.

“There’s always something to do to get ready,” he said. “Make sure your hoses are disconnected and your sprinklers are blown and maybe rake up the leaves and clean up a little bit and just be prepared.”

His neighbor, David Larson, said he forgot a couple of the last-minute household chores before the snowfall. 

“Getting up on the roof to clean the gutters is probably the one thing I didn’t get to, but it wasn’t too bad,” he said.

Larson said one of the biggest aspects of winter prep that people usually forget is to slow down on the roads after a big snowfall.

“The way people drive — they don’t seem to adapt very well right away,” he said.

Another resident, Tom Kennedy, said he forgot to cover the waterspouts before the snowfall but he plans to do that as soon as he can, along with a few final things around the house.

All three men said not only are they ready for the snow, but they are looking forward to winter.

“It’s a good change of the season,” Kennedy said. “Just let it fall. We need the moisture.”