Cold front brings blowing snow, freezing temperatures
December 10, 2000
A powerful cold front pushed into Colorado on Sunday, sending temperatures into the teens and single digits, and bringing snow as it moved across the state.
A winter storm warning was issued for the north central mountains and cold temperatures are expected to continue all week.
Six inches of snow fell in Craig in three hours Sunday evening, stranding two hunters north of town. Their vehicles were lodged in the drifts. Rescuers took them back to town on snowmobiles, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Department said.
According to a spokeswoman with the Colorado State Patrol, Moffat County had its share of ‘fender-benders,’ none of which were serious. Several people were warned for driving too fast for conditions.
“Traffic was pretty light when the storm started,” a CSP dispatcher said. “It’s actually been pretty good considering the road conditions.”
The six inches of snow translates to .65 inches of moisture on a county still feeling the pain for a summer drought. The added precipitation brings Moffat County to 15.41 inches for the year, almost even with the 15.37 inches logged at this time last year.
Up to a foot of snow fell in some parts of the Western Slope, and there were sustained winds of up to 45 miles per hour, said Meteorologist Joe Ramey of the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.
Roads in the high country were very slick, and blowing snow made driving difficult. Chain laws were put into effect in many areas, but there were no closures.