Winter weather advisory issued for Wednesday to Friday in Southwest Colorado

Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:47 PM
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory through 6 p.m. Friday for much of Southwest Colorado. Mountain passes in the region could have hazardous driving conditions.

If you took a chance and planted outside before Memorial Day, get out the garden blankets.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued a winter weather advisory for the high country through 6 p.m. Friday.

Along with temperatures dipping below freezing, the "strong, late season storm" could bring 8 to 11 inches of snow to elevations above 9,000 feet, the Weather Service said.

Locations under the advisory include Hesperus, Lake City, Rico, Silverton and Telluride.

Other areas in Colorado on the list are Columbine, Hahns Peak, Toponas, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford and Trappers Lake.

The Weather Service warns that wind gusts could reach 30 mph, and mountain passes could be icy and snowpacked. Travellers over Wolf Creek Pass on Thursday said it was wet, but not icy.

A freeze watch is in effect through Thursday morning.

Lower elevations, including Durango, could see temperatures in the mid 20s to mid 30s.

The storm postponed the Colorado state track meet in Denver for two days. Competitions will now be held on Saturday and Sunday, conflicting with the Bayfield High School graduation ceremonies at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

On Tuesday, track coaches told senior athletes the decision is up to them to choose between state track and graduation.

The first Bayfield Block Party of the year was set to take place on May 18 and is now postponed to Thursday, May 25.