Early Morning Snow Brings Heavy Slush and Slick Roads in Region
The view from your front door can be deceiving today.
Highway 491 from the UT State Line to Cortez is reported to be slick.
Those heading into Durango have some dicey roads on Mancos Hill and Hesperus, as well.
Rico residents continue to be in snow covered conditions on Highway 145, with neighboring Telluride School District closed due to inclement weather.
The photo above is a non-injury semi slide-off in Dolores, Colorado at the sharp curve near the Skyline Food Mart and Gas Station.
at 7:25 a.m. : "Roads between Cortez and Dove creek are snow covered and slick!"
At 5:56 "Monticello to Recapture Lake is snow packed. From Recapture to Blanding the roads are just wet."
at 5:21 :"...roads are slushy to West Summit Road then turns into snow packed and a blizzard very low visibility to Monticello."
NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS
AVALANCHE DANGER HIGH
Advisory: Avalanche Warning until 10:00AM Thursday
Avalanche Warning for the all mountain areas of Colorado except for the Steamboat Flat Tops forecast zone where danger is CONSIDERABLE (Level 3 of 5).
* TIMING...Beginning 6:00 AM, Wednesday March 13. Expires at 8:00 AM Thursday March 14.
* AFFECTED AREA... All mountain areas of Colorado except for the Steamboat Flat Tops forecast zone
* AVALANCHE DANGER...Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist. The avalanche danger is HIGH (Level 4 of 5). Very large avalanches are likely, and some will run naturally
* REASON... Intense snowfall and strong winds are making avalanche conditions very dangerous. Large and destructive avalanches are likely.
* AFFECTED AREAS: WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS ... EASTERN SAWATCH MOUNTAINS ABOVE 11000 FT ... PIKES PEAK ABOVE 11000 FT ... GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS .. . WESTERN MOSQUITO RANGE/EAST LAKE COUNTY ABOVE 11000 FT ... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 11000 FT ... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS BETWEEN 7500 AND 11000 FT ... NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS BETWEEN 8500 AND 11000 FT ... LA GARITA MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FT ... NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 11000 FT ... WESTERN CHAFFEE COUNTY BETWEEN 9000 AND 11000 FT ... GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS ... SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST GRAND/WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST BOULDER/GILPIN/CLEAR CREEK/SUMMIT/NORTH AND WEST PARK COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET ... UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU/DALLAS DIVIDE ... NORTHWESTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS ... SOUTH AND EAST JACKSON/LARIMER/NORTH AND NORTHEAST GRAND/NORTHWEST BOULDER COUNTIES ABOVE 9000 FEET ... EASTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FT ... SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS
"Recent observations point to these conditions being more elevated in the North San Juan zone where a large number of avalanches ran naturally over the last week and mitigation teams are triggering similar sized avalanches. Although less evidence exists across the South San Juan zone in the wake of our last storm, don’t treat this area with any less respect. The South San Juan zone has similar weak layers below an equally deep snowpack. Good habits save lives and if stability is ever in question, terrain is always your number one answer. Stay safe out there!"
NORTH SAN JUAN FULL FORECAST
SOUTH SAN JUAN FULL FORECAST
A visual reminder for those who need a little help keeping their spirits up with the inconvenient blessings of rain and snow...
We are now at D1 Drought Conditions as of March 5th. Let's hope tomorrow's update downgrades us more!