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Trinidad, Walsenburg areas get most snow in weekend storm

Accumulations of 6 inches reported

Trinidad, Walsenburg Areas Get Most Snow

TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG, Colo. - Although 6 inches of snow officially fell last weekend across Huerfano and Las Animas counties, some residents believe they had more.

"I'd say a foot.  That's what I'd guess," said Jaime Primmer, while shoveling the sidewalk outside her business in Trinidad.  "That's what my back tells me."

Snow appeared to be melting more in Walsenburg, which is 40 miles north of Trinidad.  Streets were clear and plowing crews weren't visible.

But Arthur Martinez, a Huerfano County employee, was using a small tractor to clear snow from around the county courthouse.

"I don't want anyone to slip and get hurt," he said.  "I want to plow the snow before it freezes.  If it freezes, I'll have to apply ice melt and that's bad for the concrete."

Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman said the storm only caused a few problems.

"We had a tour bus slide off the road," he said.  "One of the passengers had a minor injury and was taken to a hospital.  Other than that, nothing."

Interstate 25 through the area was wet but not icy, although fog reduced visibility for drivers.

Colorado Department of Transportation crews cleared snow from less-used frontage roads along the highway.

Authorities planned to keep crews on duty overnight and Tuesday morning to monitor freezing on driving surfaces.


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