Storm expected to bring snow to mountains near Durango

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:57 PM
A storm is expected to bring up to a foot of snow to mountain passes in Southwest Colorado on Monday night into Tuesday morning.

A winter weather advisory is in effect in the San Juan Mountains for elevations above 9,000 feet as an approaching storm is expected to bring more than a foot of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Norv Larson, a meteorologist with NWS in Grand Junction, said the advisory is in effect until Wednesday afternoon for locations that include Silverton, Telluride and Rico, as well as Coal Bank, Molas, Red Mountain and Lizard Head passes.

During that time period, snow accumulations could reach 8 to 14 inches, with higher amounts above 10,000 feet. Elevations below 9,000 feet may see some snowfall.

The best chance for heavy snowfall is Monday night into Tuesday morning. Mountain passes are expected to be impacted, Larson said.

In the Pine River Valley and Durango, there's a 70 percent chance of precipitation, though that's likely to remain as rain, Larson said. Highs during the day will remain in the 50s, with lows in the mid-30s overnight.

"You're right there in that sweet spot as far as precipitation type," he said.

Weather is expected to return to mild temperatures and clear skies on Wednesday and Thursday. Another storm is forecast to move into the area Thursday night into Friday.

"We'll have a chance for snow in the high country again," Larson said. "It's a bit out there, so we don't know right now how much."