Storm dumps heavy snow in southwest Colorado |

Storm dumps heavy snow in southwest Colorado

DURANGO A storm that dumped nearly 4 feet of snow over 48 hours in the mountains in southwest Colorado raised the avalanche danger and prompted some skiers to change their plans Sunday.The winter blast, blamed for at least 10 deaths in Oklahoma and two in Texas, prompted a few groups to cancel their trips to Wolf Creek Ski Area this weekend. But about 2,000 people still visited on Saturday, said spokeswoman Rosanne Pitcher. She estimated similar numbers for Sunday.Below normal temperatures in Summit County today with a high of 11 degrees, sunshine and mixed clouds with only a 10 percent chance of snow.We probably wouldve had more people had it not snowed, but the conditions are excellent, she said. Whenever you have a lot of snow it generates interest. Were probably shy 600 skiers because of the storm, but over the long run well be getting more skiers because people know how much snow we have.As of Sunday, 9.8 inches of snow had fallen on Coal Bank Pass over the past 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service. Wolf Creek Ski Area reported 18 inches of new snow, Silverton Mountain reported 16 inches and Durango Mountain Resort, 15.Wolf Creek reported 46 inches over the last 48 hours, Silverton reported 36 and Durango reported 33, before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday.The heavy snow and winds combined to make backcountry avalanche danger high in the San Juan Mountains, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said.Alamosa in southern Colorado was among the warmest spots in the state with a high of 27 degrees.In northwest Colorado, the high in Craig was zero. That made hot cocoa and hot tea popular items at the Bad To The Bone BBQ & Grille, said banquet captain Brenda Barclay.We have snowpacked, icy roads. Its just slow driving, she said.On the Front Range, a weather spotter reported 6 new inches of snow a mile south of Kiowa, the National Weather Service said.

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