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Old 02-23-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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Yeah, a pretty good story. Anyone who drives US550 regularly in winter--and I do--has real respect for the snowslide potential. I've seen them run and it is a sight and sound that one does not forget. I've also seen it raining rocks on the highway after a heavy summer rain on numerous occasions. The little ones can do some vehicle damage, but it's the ones the size of a pickup truck or bigger that one really worries about. I've personally seen some that size come down on the road up there--you don't forget that, either.

 
Old 02-23-2012, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I would never drive on that highway. It looks like a highway that should be in Afghanistan not Colorado. CDOT needs to go in and completely rebuild the highway with guard rails. That way when it snows its safer for the snow plow drivers and drivers in general.
 
Old 02-23-2012, 06:57 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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I'm sure if CDOT ever gets a few extra billion dollars they would love to rebuild Red Mountain Pass. On a side note, too bad the people who actually live there are not allowed to watch that local news channel unless they (like I did) find it online.
 
Old 02-25-2012, 02:31 PM
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60 degrees and WINDY today in Delta. And I mean howling winds.
 
Old 02-25-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Yuck... You can have the wind.. The only time I like wind is when its snowing as I love blizzards....
 
Old 02-26-2012, 09:36 AM
 
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josseppie wrote:
I would never drive on that highway. It looks like a highway that should be in Afghanistan not Colorado. CDOT needs to go in and completely rebuild the highway with guard rails. That way when it snows its safer for the snow plow drivers and drivers in general.
EVERYONE has the choice of wether or not to drive US 550. It is what it is. If you don't like it...exercise your choice not to drive it, but don't go imposing your SHOULDS on to CDOT. IMO, it's fine the way it is! Not every highway needs to comply with the standards that you prefer. Some of us like things the way they are.
 
Old 02-26-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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jim9251 wrote:
60 degrees and WINDY today in Delta. And I mean howling winds.
Yesterday was indeed a windy day on the western slope! On the drive up to the grand mesa for a cross country ski outing, there was a plume of blowing snow ( from the lands end area ) at the top of the mesa, visible from I-70 ( reminded me of pictures of Everest with its signature plume of blowing snow ). It thought it was going to be a really nasty day for skiing, but it was all that bad. We skied on the West Branch trail thru the woods to avoid the worst of the wind, so the wind turned out to be a non-issue. BY the time we headed back to GJ a few hours later, the wind had subsided, and the plume of blowing snow was no longer visible. However, it was still windy in downtown GJ around 5:00 PM, but a couple slices of Pablos pizza made the wind easily forgettable. Good pizza has a way of putting things into perspective for me.
 
Old 02-26-2012, 11:13 AM
 
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In Fruita it was a little calmer, but pretty much every other hour we would get wind gusts around 35 to 40 m.p.h. Throughout the last few weeks we are probably 15 degrees above normal for temperatures.
 
Old 02-27-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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Here's the temperature breakdown for Grand Junction during the winter months of December-11, January-12, & February-12
  • Dec-11: Normal Mean Temp: 28.19 Actual mean Temp: 28.77 Variance: +.58
  • Jan-12: Normal Mean Temp: 26.11 Actual mean Temp: 31.65 Variance: +5.53
  • Feb-12: Normal Mean Temp: 33.69 Actual mean Temp: 35.38 Variance: +1.69 ( thru the 26th )
 
Old 02-27-2012, 10:08 AM
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Location: Western Colorado
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winter storm warning remains in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to midnight mst tuesday night...

* timing... From mid-afternoon today through tuesday evening.
* snow accumulation... 10 to 20 inches with local accumulations reaching 2 feet over the southwestern san juan mountains.
* winds... Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph will be common. Frequent wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph will occur
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