A spring snowstorm is predicted to linger over Durango into Sunday evening.
“After sunset it should diminish,” said Mike Meyers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
The NWS issued a winter weather advisory until 9 p.m. Sunday for higher elevations around Durango including Hesperus and Silverton. The advisory calls for moderate to heavy snow.
Drivers should expect snowpacked roads in the higher elevations and lowered visibility during heavy snowfall, Myers said.
Widespread showers across SW CO through this evening, heavy at times. Over a foot of snow is expected above 10k ft in the San Juans. pic.twitter.com/hf8sSJdYlD— NWS Grand Junction (@NWSGJT) March 31, 2019
Areas above 9,000 feet could receive between 5 to 10 inches of snow, he said.
The high for Durango is expected to reach about 40 degrees during breaks in the storm, Meyers said.
The spring storm had not dropped a measurable amount of precipitation by 6 a.m. and he could not say how much precipitation Durango had received, he said.
“It’s been melting as it falls,” he said.
Across the region, law enforcement was responding to vehicles sliding off the roads Sunday, according to the emergency scanner.
A Nissan Xterra rolled off U.S. Highway 550 north of Lime Creek Road early Sunday morning, said Cpl. Ivan Alvarado with the Colorado State Patrol.
However, the woman driving the car walked away from the vehicle on her own and was treated for minor injuries at a hospital, he said.
Highway 550 could close partially when a tow truck arrives to retrieve the vehicle, but Alvarado said he did not know when that might happen.