Winter Storm Ready

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While the winters in Southwestern Colorado are generally considered mild compared to other areas of the United States, they are not without their risks. The Telluride Ski Area in the eastern part of the county averages roughly 45 snowfall days per year and 204'' of snow accumulation.

Snowstorms can bring very cold temperatures, icy roadways, high winds, and poor visibility. They can also lead to increased avalanche danger on wind-loaded slopes. Extreme winter storms have also been known to cause power outages and communications failures. 

The following terms are what the National Weather Services uses when forecasting storms.

Winter Storm Watch: There is potential of a significant winter weather event. Conditions are possible but not imminent. 

Winter Weather Advisory: Winter weather is imminent, may cause significant inconveniences, and may be hazardous.

Winter Storm Warning: A significant winter storm is imminent and may be a danger to life and property.

Blizzard Warning: A significant winter storm with strong winds, snow, and low visibility is imminent and is a danger to life and property.

Ice Storm Warning: Dangerous ice accumulations are imminent.

Be Prepared

Monitor your forecast: Stay up to date with the latest forecast information as the storm approaches.

Have a plan: Before weather threatens, be sure to have a plan in case family members are separated during a storm (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school) and have a plan for getting back together. Prepare for the possibility of having to spend a night or two away from your home in case of road closures.

Prepare your vehicle: Keep your gas tank full to keep the fuel lines from freezing. Keep a cold weather kit in your vehicle, including safety gear such as chains or other traction devices, flares, cones, and a flashlight with extra batteries, cold weather clothing, a sleeping bag, and anything else you may need. Check for current road onditions.

Prepare your home: Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel and a back-up method for heating your home. Insulate your home and your pipes. Keep supplies on hand, such as flashlights, a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, blankets and sleeping bags, extra food including items that do not require refrigeration or cooking in case the power is shut off, and at least a one-week supply of essential prescription medications.