Record snow hits Powderhorn and Highway 65

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- While the weather has been rough on mountain roads the last few days, Powderhorn welcomes all the snow.

Staff says snow totals are at record highs. The resort has seen nine inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, and has stacked up 21 inches in the last two days as of Thursday.

It’s a much different situation than last year, and the resort says at this point in 2018, they were debating if they could even keep the lifts running until the end of March.

"Our base depth is sitting at 95 inches right now, which is really high this time of year for us. The snowpack up here is 150 percent of average, so really, its a year for the books,” said spokesperson for Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Ryan Robinson.

The snow didn’t just impact Powderhorn. On Highway 65, CDOT says work crews were out doing avalanche mitigation, and they did bring some snow down. They felt that the area wasn't safe, and the snow-pack was still unstable, so they decided to close down the highway overnight.

There’s still no word on when it will be back open.



 
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