Winter returns to Northwest Colorado; drivers warned of icy, snow-packed conditions | CraigDailyPress.com

Winter returns to Northwest Colorado; drivers warned of icy, snow-packed conditions

CRAIG — A slow moving cold front made its way through Northwest Colorado during the weekend, producing moderate amounts of snow and icy, snow-packed roads.

About 4 to 6 inches of snow were 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.

By Sunday evening, winds from 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.

The brisk wind gusts made Sunday afternoon shoveling chilly work, but Victoria Peck braved the conditions to help her grandmother dig out the sidewalk in front of Masterworks Mechanical in downtown Craig.

Conditions are expected to improve into Sunday night, with light snow showers possible through Monday, Stearns said.

He added that forecasts show a return to partly sunny skies Tuesday through Thursday, with the possibility of more snow Thursday and Friday.

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Winter snow accumulations in many locations are at a 5-year low.

"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 improve 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.