Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

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Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

Constant snowfall improves dry conditions but taxes city, state workers
Richard Albo, left, and Briant Cuellar clear snow off the roof of a home in Bayfield on Tuesday to lighten the load after several recent storms. Another storm is expected to arrive Thursday.

Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

Richard Albo, left, and Briant Cuellar clear snow off the roof of a home in Bayfield on Tuesday to lighten the load after several recent storms. Another storm is expected to arrive Thursday.

Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

Lance Hilmes, a heavy equipment mechanic for the Colorado Department of Transportation, works on a 12-foot-wide loader-mount snowblower Tuesday at the shop on U.S. Highway 160 in Durango. The machine’s 48-inch blades, foreground, were removed during the work.

Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

Cars took it slow Tuesday on U.S. Highway 160 near Gem Village. Schools were canceled Tuesday across La Plata County as a result of severe weather conditions.

Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

Don Wickman clears sidewalks Tuesday in Bayfield as heavy snow falls. Snowpack is above average in Southwest Colorado, but not by much. “Even though it feels like a really great year so far, it’s about average,” said Susan Behery, a hydraulic engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation.

Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

A Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow clears north Main Avenue on Tuesday in Durango.
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