Tuesday’s snowstorm caused several power outages throughout Southwest Colorado and dropped some much-needed moisture onto the dry region.
La Plata Electric Association experienced 25 outages throughout the region during about a 12-hour period. The wet snow caused downed wires, bounces and blinks throughout the day, according to a LPEA news release.
Nearly 1,000 residents were left without power – with the largest outage affecting 539 customers south of Bayfield for about 45 minutes. Six LPEA customers remained without power as of 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.
The storm was expected to drop 3 to 5 inches of snow in the lower parts of the region, including Bayfield and Durango. Bayfield had 3½ inches as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, and Durango had 2 inches, said Matthew Aleksa, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. Briggen Wrinkle, a Durango weather watcher said the storm brought 2 inches of snow and 0.47 of an inch of precipitation.
The low-pressure system moved in Monday evening and moved further south than meteorologists anticipated, Aleksa said. The system is moving out this morning, but a cold front will take its place and temperatures are expected to drop into the low 20s tonight. The high is expected to be in the 40s today.
Temperatures should warm into the 50s later this weekend and reach the 60s this weekend.