From Inches to Feet...More Snow for Southeast Colorado

January 29-31, 2005

An upper level system tracked just south of the Colorado border over the weekend, bringing moist southeasterly flow into the eastern mountains and adjacent plains. The combination of moisture and cold air brought heavy snowfall to western portions of El Paso County southward to the Colorado New Mexico border. Spotters in the Wet Mountains in the cities of Rye, Beulah, San Isabel and Colorado City had to double up on the rulers, as snow was measured in feet. Several inches were reported on southward along the Interstate 25 corridor, including Walsenburg and Trinidad, with Cuchara also coming in big with 49 inches.

Trees near GulnareAs the storm moved slowly eastward, it brought several inches of snow to the plains along the southern Colorado border in Baca and Las Animas counties, bringing much needed moisture to the area.

The snow had a high liquid water content, producing a heavy wet snow. Ratios were about 10 to 1 across the plains, which means for every inch of water there is about 10 inches of snow. This makes hard work for snowplows and people shoveling driveways, as the weight of the snow is increased by its high water content.

Patio in GulnareIf you have photos of the event that you would be willing to have published on the website, please send them to the email listed in the bottom left hand menu, with the subject "January Snowstorm". Please note that images on the NWS Pueblo website are considered public domain, for anyone to use.

 

 

(Above photos courtesy M. Fickes)


Some Additional Photos...

Colorado City

San Isabel

Crystal Park

Garden of the Gods


A few totals from the event:

City
County
Snow in Inches
Rye
Pueblo

38

Beulah
Pueblo
30
Cuchara
Huerfano
49
Lake San Isabel
Pueblo/Custer
5.5 Feet (est.)
Walsenburg
Huerfano
25
Colorado City
Pueblo
25
La Veta
Huerfano
23.5
West Wet Mtn.Valley
Custer
15 to 20
Canon City
Fremont
9
West Colorado Springs
El Paso
6-11
Monument
El Paso
10
28 S of Granada
Baca
6
Pikes Peak Highway
Teller
18 to 24
Florissant
Teller
8

A big thanks once again to all our spotters and their reports, and a thanks to the public for their photos of the event!


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