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.
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.