GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A winter storm moved through the Grand Valley on Monday, leaving an icy mess behind that created difficult driving conditions through the morning and early afternoon.
“I’ve never seen black ice like this before,” Grand Junction resident Susan Stanton said. “I slid 3 times at least and that was being very, very cautious.”
The City of Grand Junction was accident alert, as cars were sliding off roadways and crashing into one another because of the weather.
"We have had some really treacherous icy conditions both in the city limits of Grand Junction and all over the Valley,” explained Heidi Davidson with the Grand Junction Police Department.
GJPD says they received over 550 emergency dispatch calls in just three hours Monday morning. From 6 a.m. until noon, they received 70 accident reports. That was more than the agency received over the entire day on Thursday, when the snow storm hit.
“We certainly had additional patrol resources required today, as well as dispatch,” Davidson said.
GJPD called in multiple patrol teams, and added six dispatchers to the shift today to help handle the call load.
The City is encouraging drivers to stay off the roads if possible. If you do need to drive, police say be cautious.
“It’s imperative that they go way below the limit and allow ample space between yourself and any other people on the road,” Davidson said.
While the city remains on accident alert, you are asked to report a crash online, or wait 24 hours to call the PD.