Winter isn’t finished yet: Stormy weather coming

La Plata County is in snow mode again.

Theres an 80 percent chance of snow today and a 70 percent chance tonight, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction said.

The storm moved into the area Tuesday and could drop 3 to 6 inches by this evening.

A winter weather advisory should end about 6 a.m. Thursday, said meteorologist Jeff Colton.

Colorado Department of Transportation crews are gearing up, agency spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said. CDOT weather sources forecast about 5 inches of snow at Rockwood and 7 inches at Hesperus and Wolf Creek Pass by evening, Shanks said.

Four snowplow crews will work highways from Durango to the New Mexico line, with three crews each on U.S. Highway 550 north and U.S. Highway 160 east and west, Shanks said.

Gusty winds can be expected into this afternoon, generally over the southern mountains. Travelers should beware of hazardous road conditions, particularly on mountain passes.

The chance of snow drops to 30 percent Thursday, followed by cloudy weather until Saturday, when there is a slight chance of snow. Sunday and Monday should be clear to partly cloudy.

The high temperature today should be 38 with a low tonight of 18. Highs Thursday through Sunday should be in the 34 to 39 range, with lows staying around 12.

daler@durangoherald.com