Snowy, cold weather and icy roads last weekend caused a slew of car accidents and complications, but conditions may soon dry up.
As of Sunday morning, Wolf Creek reported a snowfall of 14 inches in the previous 48 hours.
While Durango could see an additional 2 to 4 inches of precipitation by late this evening, the weather should stay fairly dry through the remainder of the week, said Jeff Colton, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
There will be a clearing period until a possible storm arrival next Saturday or Sunday, but that looks to be a long way out, Colton said.
The icy roads Saturday evening caught some drivers off guard, causing a string of crashes, spin-outs and even a fire.
One serious accident took place Saturday evening on Florida Road (County Road 240) near mile marker 8.
Two women were transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center in critical condition after their Jeep Wrangler lost control while crossing an icy bridge, said Trooper Jason Shimp of the Colorado State Patrol.
Authorities called the La Plata County Road and Bridge Department to deal with an unsafe, slick area, said Durango Fire & Rescue Authority spokesman Dave Imming.
The vehicle fell nearly 50 feet, and rescuers were forced to use a rope-and-pulley system to reach the women, Imming said.
In that area, another accident took place nearly at the same time. However, no one was injured, Imming said.
The cold weather also is thought to be the cause of a fire at Built to Last Automotive Service late Saturday night.
Police called Durango Fire & Rescue Authority in response to an F-250 diesel truck that was on fire, Imming said.
The authorities initially believed the building was also on fire, but the structure was unharmed, he said.
DFRA firefighters put out the fire, but the truck was completely burned and was a total loss, he said.
The fire is under investigation, though authorities believe the incident took place because of a complication involving a block heater, which the truck was plugged into to prevent the vehicles engine from freezing.