Snow and cold in Durango’s forecast

The latest cold front moving through Colorado was expected to leave a dusting of snow on Durango’s streets for the first time Monday night with snow continuing through this morning.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction expects a 60 percent chance of snow in Durango this morning, with snow ending by the afternoon.

In addition, clearing skies today will send temperatures plummeting tonight, with a low in Durango expected at a frigid 15.

“Temperatures are going to remain chilly into the week with highs in the mid-30s to lower 40s with lows in the teens,” Jeff Colton, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said Monday.

Accumulations in Durango are expected to top out at about an inch, but Colton expected most buildup to be on grass, with pavement still being too warm to support much snow.

Still, he cautioned slush might be a problem on the roads.

The National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning and advisories for western Colorado and eastern Utah for Monday night into today.

Sarada Leavenworth, director of the Volunteers of America Durango Community Shelter, said she expects to see more people as the temperatures drop.

“What is very helpful is continued donations of food, blankets, hats, scarves, socks – a lot of the basics that people need as it gets colder,” she said.

The shelter, located at 1055 Avenida del Sol, serves about 500 people a year; 40 percent of the clients are women or children.

The shelter is open all day seven days a week for people registered at the shelter. Its hours of admittance are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shelter can be reached at 259-1255.

“We highly recommend that people think ahead, and if it looks like it is going to get cold, please, please, please come to the shelter before nightfall so we can get their needs met,” Leavenworth said.

In addition to donations of staple items, Leavenworth said the shelter is preparing for its Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, and holiday gifts for children and adults would be helpful.

A chance of snow in Durango returns Wednesday night and Thursday morning. However, Colton said that storm is weaker than the current front, and the chance of snow is only 20 percent for Wednesday night and 30 percent for Thursday morning.

patrick@durango herald.com