Jan 24, 2010 9:01 AM by Associated Press

Storms drop about 4 ft of snow in S. Colorado mountains

Residents of southern Colorado are digging out from a series of storms this week that dumped up to 4 feet of snow in the mountains.

As of Friday, Durango had received nearly 3 feet since Monday -- nearly double the city's average snowfall for January -- while Wolf Creek Pass received 4 feet. In all three storms moved through the region beginning Monday with 12- to 18-hour breaks between each one.

The massive weight of the snow was blamed for buckling an exhaust pipe on a wood stove that led to a house fire. No injuries were reported.

Three of the five major mountain passes on highways in southwest Colorado were reopened Saturday.

The Colorado State Patrol reported few minor traffic accidents.


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