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  • National Weather Service Map February 19, 2019
    National Weather Service Map February 19, 2019 (Courtesy: National Weather Service - weather.gov/gjt/winter )
  • Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 7:46 AM Issued by: Chris Bilbrey
    (Courtesy CAIC - Colorado Avalanche Information Center) https://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/)
  • This image shows the avalanche debris in the lower portion of the runout area. Bear Creek February 19, 2019
    This image shows the avalanche debris in the lower portion of the runout area. Bear Creek February 19, 2019 (Courtesy CAIC - Colorado Avalanche Information Center) https://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/acc/acc_report.php?acc_id=705&accfm=rep)
  • avalanche that ran February 19, 2019 in the Temptation area above Bear Creek, near the Town of Telluride, Colorado.
    This image shows the avalanche that ran February 19, 2019 in the Temptation area above Bear Creek. (Courtesy CAIC - Colorado Avalanche Information Center) https://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/acc/acc_report.php?acc_id=705&accfm=rep)

Another Heavy Round of Snowfall Underway

The snowstorm predicted for our region in the lower elevations appears to be landing right on schedule. This storm is predicted to be in our area until Friday, February 22, 2019.

Though the snow started off with light winds and scattered snow, it is expected to intensify through this evening and overnight. Snowfall is predicted to be markedly amplified around midnight.

Some tapering may be possible tomorrow morning, but will increase in intensity again tomorrow afternoon through Friday. 

Expected snowfall averages over the course of the entire storm is being predicted between 8-12 " in the Four Corners area (Dove Creek, Cahone, Pleasant View, Cortez). 

Of course, these estimates can change as the storm is still developing upstream, or if temperatures and wind shift.

Since this storm storm follows closely behind one that just tapered off on Tuesday, the risk of additional avalanche increases.

 This image shows the avalanche debris in the lower portion of the runout area. Bear Creek February 19, 2019   

Unfortunately, another fatality caused by a snowboarder released avalanche was reported in San Miguel County, bringing the number of people killed in avalanche accidents in Colorado up to five in 2019. According to a press release from San Miguel Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred when a backcountry skier, 47 year-old Salvadore Garcia Atance, was skinning Bear Creek Trail near the town of Telluride. A full investigation of the accident is in progress, but serves as a tragic reminder of the volatility of the snow in the backcountry areas.

Northern and Southern San Juan Mountains have a Considerable (3) risk for avalanche above and near treeline, and Moderate (2) below treeline.

We will keep you updated with conditions as they change.

 

 

 

 

 

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