CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — The threat of major snow in Castle Rock forced the closure of the town’s largest sales tax generator, and had residents and road crews at the ready all day long.
“I’m sad. I’m very disappointed,” said Romona Robson, who is visiting Colorado from Detroit.
Heavy snow pummeled the Outlets at Castle Rock, putting a freeze on the day’s shopping.
“I come here to shop. I see it’s closed. I come all the way from Michigan. I heard it’s a good place to shop,” Robson said.
Shoppers who were ready to open their wallets were turned away instead when they couldn’t get into the closed parking lot.
“Dang it. We drove all the way up here,” said shopper Tiffanie Soltisz from Colorado Springs.
She and others were surprised the Outlets would close shop for what’s been a moderate storm so far.
“The highway is not that bad. It’s pretty wet. But it’s not that bad. So we didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal,” Soltisz said.
But storm warnings also kept downtown Castle Rick quiet.
Residents said this storm is more bark than bite. Forecasts predicted up to 15 inches of the white stuff.
“It’s been warm, I don’t see it sticking anytime soon,” said Sedalia resident Travis Teague, who was eating lunch on the town’s main street.
Castle Rock road crews agreed that roads were mostly wet.
“This morning it’s not that bad, it’s pretty warm out and it’s not sticking but I think it going to get a little worse out,” said street operations employee, Casey Devol.
The town’s Street Operations Manager, Dave Frost, monitored the 11 snow plows working the storm.
“As soon as the sun goes down, the pavement temperatures are going to drop. It’s going to start to get icy,” he said. “And snow will start to accumulate,” Frost said.
Right now, snow is starting to pile up on the side of main roads.Side streets have more water than snow on them.
“There’s not much here, but it’s very wet and it is kind of heavy,” said resident Pauline.
The Outlets will be open again for business tomorrow at 11 a.m.