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DENVER (CBS4) – Dozens of plows were ready to hit the streets as soon as the snow started falling Saturday night.

“It’s typical Colorado. One day 70 or 80 degrees, the next day snow,” said Denver resident Matt Bigalk.

Snowstorms are something most people in Colorado have come to expect but may not always welcome.

“I was asking my wife if she knew what the weather was for this weekend, and she said you don’t want to know,” said Denver resident Stelios Cabrera.

Denver Public Works spent their weekend preparing.

“We’ve got the staff ready we’ve got the trucks ready. Now it’s just getting ready for the storm,” said Nancy Kuhn from Denver Public Works.

With heavy snow expected to fall in the Denver Area Sunday, crews can only wait and see how things will play out.

“We can put out as many as 70 plows. We have to look at will there be something to plow,” said Kuhn.

Also on call for the spring storm will be local power crews.

Xcel Energy spokesman Gabriel Romero says more than four inches of heavy, wet snow for them could mean trouble overhead.

“It’s all really about leaves on the trees because that allows the heavy snow to kind of weigh down branches,” said Romero.

A similar storm carrying heavy, wet snow hit Denver back in 2003 leaving behind a mess for homeowners.

Romero says broken tree branches often leads to downed power lines and lots of work for them.

“It’s what we call non preventable power outages,” he said.

His best advice for everyone is to be ready for anything.

“I think we don’t know what to expect and that’s exactly why we prepare or over prepare,” said Romero.

Xcel says if you do have a downed power line in your area, give them a call and they will get a crew to you as soon as possible.

As for the branches, public works says it’s up to the property owner to get them cleaned up.

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