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Spring Storm Dumps More Snow on Colorado, USA

Hundreds of cattle dead from wildfires on the plains of Colorado, USA

Firefighters have contained a grass fire that destroyed four homes and left about 200 head of cattle dead on the plains of northeastern Colorado.
Logan County spokeswoman Marilee Johnson says crews completed containment lines around the fire on Wednesday but were still working to extinguish hot spots, including hay bales.
Johnson says no human injuries were reported from the fire.
Ranchers in adjacent Phillips County reported they lost 200 cattle that were either killed by the fire or had to be killed because of their injuries. Authorities were still trying to determine cattle losses in Logan County.
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association appealed for donations of cash, hay and fencing supplies.
The fire started Monday in Logan County and quickly spread west to Phillips County ahead of gusty winds. The cause is being investigated.
Courtesy of denver.cbslocal.com

Up to 2 feet of snow possible in the mountains of Wyoming, USA

Snow Alert

A potent spring snowstorm threatened to snarl traffic on interstate highways from Colorado to South Dakota, including a stretch of Interstate 80 across southern Wyoming that was the scene of two big weather-related pileups last month.
After a week of soggy weather in the central Rockies, forecasters predicted rain would transition to heavy snow by Mother’s Day. Up to 2 feet was forecast in the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado, and more than 1 foot was possible in the Black Hills.
Nine to 13 inches was forecast for Casper Mountain; 6 to 12 inches was forecast for high-elevation cities including Cheyenne.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation was monitoring the storm and preparing its plows but not making any plans to close interstates just yet, spokesman Dave Kingham said Friday.
“More often than not, it’s a question of visibility than any amount of snow. Or a combination of poor visibility and ice and poor conditions,” Kingham said of what it takes to close a highway.
The storm could affect travel along I-80 and I-25 in Wyoming, I-70 in Colorado and I-90 in northeast Wyoming and western South Dakota.
Slick conditions and poor visibility factored into two recent pileups on I-80.
On April 20, a fiery chain-reaction wreck 18 miles west of Laramie on I-80 involved more than 60 vehicles and killed two people. The wrecks happened in dense fog and light slush and shut down I-80 for 100 miles in both directions.
The pileup happened four days after one involving about 60 cars and trucks on I-80 about 15 miles west of Cheyenne. Three people were hospitalized from those wrecks in blowing snow.
Forecasters this time predicted a classic upslope storm in which moisture funneled westward from the Great Plains would fall first as rain, then snow, on east-facing slopes.
Some rain will turn to snow at high elevations overnight Friday but most areas will see rain changing to snow Saturday afternoon and evening, said Richard Emanuel, a Weather Service forecaster in Cheyenne.
“Conditions will probably be pretty nasty out there tomorrow night into early Sunday,” Emanuel said Friday.
The storm could drop more than 1 inch of liquid precipitation to some areas, he said.
Courtesy of trib.com

Severe storm brings hail and snow to Colorado, USA

“Never seen anything like it”,  Eric Risch told CBS Denver
Some people in Colorado are cleaning up after hail piled up like snow in some areas.
In western Colorado, the National Weather Service says several people reported golf-ball size hail near Pagosa Springs on Monday.
The system that brought the unusual early fall weather to Colorado is headed for the Midwest, where officials have issued warnings about severe thunderstorms across the Great Plains.
Quarter-sized hail piled up like snow in Greenwood Village while the unsettled weather led to a tornado watch for 14 counties.
Monday’s raging storm damaged more than 500 cars and shattered windows at the Hyundai dealership in Arapahoe.
“Never seen anything like it. Only thing close would be a tornado,” employee Eric Risch told CBS Denver. “Quarter-sized hail just ripping through the air.”
“Wind started coming in and all of a sudden it looked like it was snowing in September,” sales manager Ray Saccomano said. “What kind of pressure do you need to do something like this? A lot of pressure.”
Though Denver did not get much more than heavy rain, areas all around the city like Northglenn, Thornton, Aurora also saw intense hail from the storm system.
Actual snow fell in the mountains, shutting down Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park.
More snow is in the forecast for parts of the mountains Tuesday.

Severe hailstorm causes mayhem in Colorado, USA

Parts of Colorado got hammered Wednesday with a powerful storm that dumped several inches of hail. 
That didn’t stop soccer fans from coming out to cheer their team in the state high school girls soccer championship game.
Field crews spent hours clearing away all the piles and piles of hail. Plows and shovels were brought out to clear the field. 
Hail also did some damage to nearby homes. The wind and hail ripped apart screens and siding and left holes in drain pipes. There were reports of funnel clouds as well.

Avalanche Deaths Spike In Western America

Nine people have died in avalanches in the past 10 days in the western U.S.

AP Montana Avalanche Death

The nine deaths from avalanches across the Western U.S. in the past 10 days have put a halt to what had been the least deadly season for avalanches in the past 16 years.

Most recently, in Colorado, the bodies of two missing skiers were found Sunday after a large avalanche buried them alive the day before in Lake County. Another death was reported Sunday in Idaho, where a snowmobiler was caught in a slide and died.

For most of the winter, due primarily to the dramatic lack of snow in the Western mountains, only six people had been killed in avalanches, according to data from the National Avalanche Center in Bozeman, Mont. This was the lowest number through the first week of February since at least the 1998-99 winter season.

However, with the nine deaths in the past week or so, the winter’s total is now 15, which is about average.

“It was a quiet first half of the winter for snow,” said avalanche meteorologist Dennis D’Amico of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center in Seattle. “Our snowpack was about 15% of normal,” D’Amico said, “but in the last week or so, it’s really turned around.”

“A lot of snow in a little amount of time, you get avalanches,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Burke in Seattle.

On average, about 28 people a year die in avalanches in the U.S. according to Brian Lazar of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. He said the deadliest seasons on record were 2007-08 and 2009-10, when 36 died in each of those winters.

AVALANCHE DEATHS: 2 skiers killed in Colorado

Compare this to the 1950s, when avalanche deaths were first tracked, when an average of four people died each year in avalanches.

Why the uptick? An “explosion” in backcountry skiing, snowboarding, climbing and snowmobiling, said D’Amico. “There are more people going out into the backcountry now.” D’Amico said.

Snowmobilers lead the list with twice the number of deaths as any other activity, according to data from the Utah Avalanche Center. Most of the victims are men in their 20s, Lazar said.

Also, most people caught in avalanches are the cause themselves when they go out on unstable slopes, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. In fact, in 90% of avalanche incidents, the victim – or someone in the victim’s party – triggers the avalanche, the Utah Avalanche Center reports.

Avalanches are particularly deadly in the Pacific Northwest: Of all the types of natural disasters in Washington state, avalanches kill more people than any other, based on data from 1950 to the present from the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.

More heavy snow is predicted throughout the Western mountains later this week, according to Lazar.

Colorado Avalanche: Two Skiers Missing

The snow-covered slopes of Star Mountain, Colorado

Skiers across the state had been warned of dangerous conditions after two weeks of heavy snow in the high country

Rescue crews have continued their search for two missing skiers caught in a large avalanche in Colorado.

Seven skiers on Star Mountain triggered the slide at about 5pm local time on Saturday, according to the Lake County Office of Emergency Management.

On Sunday, the agency posted on its Facebook page that search and rescue teams were trying to reach one of the missing skiers after pinpointing their location.

The skier’s condition was not immediately known.

Three other skiers were taken to hospital on Saturday with injuries that included a broken leg, a broken ankle and a possible broken rib and collapsed lung.

One person was treated and released, The Denver Post reported.

Authorities have not released the names of any of the skiers involved.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center had issued warnings of dangerous conditions across much of Colorado’s mountains after two weeks of heavy snow in the high country.

The avalanche happened near Leadville, which is about 80 miles southwest of Denver.

Power Outage Affects Hundreds Of Homes In Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
 Power Outage Alert
More than 900 homes lost power Sunday evening in the area of 25 and I Road, after a vehicle hit a power line and fled the scene.Authorities were initially called out after reports of a fire. When they arrived on scene flames were visible in the area. Firefighters soon realized that the fire was caused by a motor vehicle striking a power pole, knocking it over blowing out the transformer. Firefighters were able to put out of the flames quickly.

Derek Trombetta, firefighter with the Grand Junction Fire Department, said, “The main thing right now is it looks like it’s going to rain so it all should be put out. People on scene did a great job calling 911 early. That’s the main thing, call us and we can get our jobs done.”

Fire officials say no injuries were reported. All power was restored to area residents just before 7 p.m.

Authorities do not have any leads on who was the driver involved in the crash. However, there were reports that a white Ford pickup was responsible. The driver could face a careless driving citation as well as one for leaving the scene of a crash or failure to report the incident.