Great melt offers brief respite

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Great melt offers brief respite

Slushy conditions prevail over winter landscape
Angelo Stancampiano traverses a snow berm Tuesday afternoon on Main Avenue in order to plug his meter before grabbing a cup of coffee at Durango Coffee Company.
Pedestrians in downtown Durango had to be careful to avoid the snowmelt on Tuesday afternoon. Rustle Smithson makes a call while hanging out at Magpie’s Newsstand Cafe.
A Riverview Elementary School student is walked to a waiting school bus Tuesday morning a day after Durango School District 9-R and other area schools canceled classes because of the recent snowstorm.
Claude Steelman cleans up Tuesday afternoon after the recent snowstorm in front of the Mesteño Gallery at 738 Main Avenue.

Great melt offers brief respite

Angelo Stancampiano traverses a snow berm Tuesday afternoon on Main Avenue in order to plug his meter before grabbing a cup of coffee at Durango Coffee Company.
Pedestrians in downtown Durango had to be careful to avoid the snowmelt on Tuesday afternoon. Rustle Smithson makes a call while hanging out at Magpie’s Newsstand Cafe.
A Riverview Elementary School student is walked to a waiting school bus Tuesday morning a day after Durango School District 9-R and other area schools canceled classes because of the recent snowstorm.
Claude Steelman cleans up Tuesday afternoon after the recent snowstorm in front of the Mesteño Gallery at 738 Main Avenue.
Keep the shovels out

After a dry winter, Southwest Colorado may be making up for lost time.
The Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service is forecasting another storm coming through Thursday, with a 50 percent chance of snow Friday and 70 percent chance of snow Friday night. Snow is likely Saturday and Saturday night. Some lower elevations may see a mix of rain and snow.
While effects may be significant, the weather service said in its special weather statement, some uncertainty as to the power of this developing storm remains.
The snowpack in the San Juan Mountains is currently at 64 percent of the 30-year average, so the area can use every snowflake it can get.

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