The Bomb Cyclone is upon us and Xcel Energy has been preparing for this event. Our weather forecasters have been predicting this powerful winter system will bring potentially damaging winds and heavy snow to several parts of our Colorado electric service territory, particularly the northeast plains. The most-serious conditions will stretch from midmorning through at least midnight tonight.
Crews are meeting the demands of a little more than 7,000 customer outages this morning, mostly in the Denver area, however we are anticipating outages will become more numerous on the plains, I-25 Corridor, Foothills and Mountains. Expected snow totals are 6 to 10 inches for Denver Metro, 8-16 for the Palmer Divide and Foothills: Parker, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Golden, Boulder. Rain turning to snow after 10 a.m. Extremely strong winds are still expected with gusts up 50 mph.
Our operations managers have increased Front Range staffing for our control center, trouble operations, tree trimmers, DIA and mountains, including more than 200 additional personnel for storm response.
If your power goes out, please report the outage – it will speed up our crews’ ability to find the cause. 800-895-1999.
Also, check your gas meter and be sure it doesn’t get buried under a snow drift.
I’ll keep you updated as any significant changes occur. Thank you.