Facts About Colorado Mountain Town Currently Cut Off Due to Snow
A Colorado mountain town has been cut off to "nearly all travelers" after an avalanche covered a 200-foot stretch of road under eight feet of snow. Here's a little about the town of Silverton, Colorado.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Red Mountain Pass portion of US 550 between Ouray and Silverton is closed until further notice.
Today's Snow in Silverton, Colorado
At 11:59 a.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2022, an advisory at cotrip.org reads:
Travel Impact | US-550 Coal Bank, Molas, & Red Mtn Passes are closed.
US 550 is closed from milepost 53 to milepost 92 for safety concerns due to weather impacts and poor visibility. Coal Bank, Molas, and Red Mountain Passes have received 8-12 inches of snow with winds creating heavy blowing snow. This will be an extended closure. There is no estimate for reopening.
As of Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM, Coal Bank and Molas passes were also closed on US Highway 550, both of which are found between Silverton and Durango. With US Highway 550 closed in both directions from Silverton, this cuts off the mountain town to nearly all travelers.
According to outherecolorado.com, the closures mentioned above follow a spike in avalanche risk. As part of the avalanche risk mitigation effort, CDOT crews intentionally brought down a large avalanche onto US 550 between Ouray and Silverton.
When Was the Last Time You Visited Silverton Colorado?
I've lived in Western Colorado my entire life, and I can't recall the last time I visited Silverton. It's a wonderful town, by my travels rarely take me in that direction. As a matter of fact, I believe the last time I was in Silverton was roughly 30 years ago during a trip to Durango.
Silverton Colorado is an Amazing Place
Did you know Shaun White's secret training facility for the Vancouver Olympics, the secret place is known as 'Project X,' was located on Silverton Mountain? Did you know a Jimmy Stewart movie was filmed there back in the 1950s? Silverton, Colorado has tons of history to enjoy.