More snow expected Thursday as winter returns to Northwest Colorado
January 23, 2018
CRAIG — A slow-moving cold front passed through Northwest Colorado during the weekend, producing moderate amounts of snow, icy and snow-packed roads, and more snow is expected Thursday.
About 4 to 6 inches of snow was reported in Craig, with 3 inches or less west of town, leaving most roads in the region snow-packed and icy Sunday morning, said Scott Stearns, meteorologist intern. He added that conditions were made more hazardous by blowing snow, which reduced visibility at times.
Despite the slick conditions, no major accidents were reported in the region during the storm, according to Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol.
However, the storm caused several large trucks to spin out.
Concerned reader Jake Gray sent messages to the Craig Press Facebook page reporting that, on Saturday evening and into Sunday, Routt County Road 29 was closed when a truck pulling a "lowboy trailer" lost traction, leaving the trailer stuck in the middle in the road.
On Sunday morning, a semi truck lost traction, blocking one passing lane and the shoulder for a short time on Colo. Highway 13. The incident occurred on Ninemile Hill, between Craig and Meeker, according to CSP Corporal Brian Bagley.
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By Sunday evening, winds out of the northwest had dropped to about eight miles per hour from earlier in the day. when winds out of the north were gusting up to about 32 miles per hour, Stearns said.
The brisk wind gusts made Sunday afternoon shoveling chilly work for area residents.
Stearns said forecasts show a return to partly sunny skies through Thursday, with a chance of more snow in the region beginning Thursday evening through Friday night.
While the recent snow has added to the annual snowpack, accumulations in many locations continue at five-year lows.
"Seasonal accumulations are at about 26 inches; the normal for this time of year is about 38 inches, for the Craig area," Stearns said.
Forecast snowfall is not expected to lift drought conditions.
"Longer term, there is a better than average chance of above normal temperatures and equal chances of either above or below normal precipitation for the next six weeks across eastern Utah and western Colorado," according to the multi-agency drought report updated Jan. 18.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.