Major storm hits
Jan 30, 2008 | 6976 views | 0 0 comments | 1142 1142 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A major winter storm inundated San Juan County in recent days, resulting in a host of weather-related problems.

As of the press deadline early on January 29, more than 2.6 inches of precipitation had fallen at the Camp Jackson sno-tel reporting station in the Abajo mountains since the storm hit on January 27.

With the latest storm, Camp Jackson has already received more snow pack than in an average year. Snow totals generally build through early April.

Lewis Black reports that wind gusts in Blanding on January 28 were in excess of 40 miles an hour.

The second surge of the storm hit hard on Monday evening, resulting in the closure of all three highways leading out of Monticello. Vehicle accidents on Highways 191 and 491, combined with a number of vehicles that were stuck on minor roads throughout the area, created dangerous conditions. Road crews reported fighting through drifts as high as eight feet tall.

The rate of snowfall, combined with blizzard conditions and massive drifts, was simply too great for the hard working road crews to keep up.

About 20 percent of the students at Monticello High School did not make it to school on Monday. Many bus routes did not run, but the schools remained open.
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