A winter storm warning is in effect for Leadville from now, January 12th until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, January 13th. Furthermore, the National Weather Service forecasts 8-12 inches of snow, wind chills ranging from -20 to -36 over the next four days. Temperatures will range from -14 to 20 degrees with blowing snow and gusts as high at 70mph.
Avalanche risk throughout the State with the CAIC issuing a special avalanche advisory through Monday, January 15th. The avalanche dangers surrounding Leadville is at Level 3- Considerable. White out conditions are also extremely likely.
Take the time now to prepare for this storm:
- Stay off roads! Dangerous conditions are predicted on Fremont Pass and Hwy 24. Keep first responders and youselves safe by staying home. If you must travel, ¬prep your vehicle and pack an emergency roadside kit.
- Stay covered and warm by dressing in dry layers. Wind chills in this range can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
- Prepare your home by keeping faucets dripping and opening your cabinets to prevent pipes freezing/bursting. Be careful while shoveling and watch for leaks and ice dams.
- Have you checked your CO Detector lately? If it goes off, call 911 and leave the home.
- Call your neighbors and make sure they’re doing ok!
- And remember these temperatures are hard on our pets (and their paws!) too - so take precautions when they need to be outside.
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For weather forecasts, follow NWS-Pueblo.