Sunday night update–More closures as expected

1/1/23 Sunday 8 pm

You have to measure often to get accurate measurements. Throughout the day I measured and cleared every couple of hours. Since 11 am we have received 7.25 inches at the house.  That is a lot of  SWE. At this 33-32 degree range, it really compacts.

As I alluded to earlier, more delays are going to happen over the passes. It is really dumping at Purgatory and I imagine Coal Bank is getting hammered. Here is the latest from CDOT.

Expect a lengthy delay on US 550 Coal Bank and Molas Passes tomorrow morning

CDOT will perform winter maintenance operations on US 550 between Purgatory and Silverton tomorrow morning, Jan. 2. Crews will close the highway at 6:30 a.m. along Coal Bank and Molas passes. Northbound travelers will encounter a closed gate just north of Purgatory, near Cascade Creek (MP 52). Southbound travelers will encounter a closed gate just south of Silverton (MP 70). Do not attempt to bypass the closed gates.

Travelers can expect a lengthy closure for much of Monday morning. CDOT advises motorists to postpone travel due to the extended closure and because of the adverse road conditions expected with this snowstorm that is expected to remain in the region through Monday afternoon.

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