Leadville Buried Under Foot and a Half of Snow
** This report will continue to be updated throughout the day **
7:45 a.m. Update: This just in . . . . the Lake County Road and Bridge department has been out plowing since 3 a.m. and while all of the county roads have been plowed, it’s the side streets where vehicles are getting stuck. Crews are working on sub-divisions and city streets, but if yours has not been plowed and you don’t have a four-wheel drive, best to wait – otherwise you are going to be one of those stuck vehicles that just impeding on the progress! .
If you live up at 10,200 feet, all you have to do is look out your window to see how much snow Leadville and Lake County received yesterday, the first official day of winter.
Reports from a foot to well over 18 inches of snow have been reported throughout the area. Blowing snow and continued accumulation will add to the account throughout the day today, December 22.
Restrictions for all Commercial Motorized Vehicles requiring chains over Highway 24 and 91 north of Leadville have been in effect, starting on Sunday and will likely remain in place throughout the day. That means that all trucks – over 26,000 pounds – are required to chain-up in order to travel that roadway.
Snow started light and fluffy throughout Lake County yesterday, and then came in heavier as the shortest “Winter Solstice” day came to a close.
If you plan on traveling anywhere in the high country over the next 24 hours, you’re better off hanging close to home. But if you can’t stay off the roads, then at least be sure to check the Colorado Department of Transportation CoTrip.org website or mobile app before you head out.