How Does Colorado Clear Snow From Mountain Passes? Howitzers.

This has to be one of the more interesting ways to clear snow. In Colorado, road crews have a unique way to preemptively take care of snow build up in mountain passes: a World War II era 105-millimeter howitzer that they lease from the US Army.

The crews use precise shots to create avalanches, clearing steep slopes of snow in a controlled fashion. Crews then go take care of the snow that comes down, leaving the roads safe for travelers. That’s gotta be a fun day on the job.


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“Ahhh... thanks guys, I haven’t shot at any white stuff since the Nazis.”