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Heavy snow in SW Colorado prompts roof clearing warning

February 23, 2019
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Snow-throwers and front-end loaders are move snow in the Durango West II Subdivision west of Durango, Colo., Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Schools across northern Arizona, southern Nevada and southwestern Colorado were closed — many for a second day — because of threats posed by snow-packed or slick roads. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Heavy snow in southwestern Colorado has closed schools and prompted a warning for people to shovel their roofs.

The Durango Herald reports that children in and around Durango got a second straight day off from school Friday because of the storm still hitting the area.

A stretch of U.S. Highway 550 north of the city was also closed until crews can do avalanche control and clear the road.

Wolf Creek Ski Area, known for its big snowfall amounts, says the storm has brought 29 inches (74 centimeters) of snow over the last two days

The region was hit by a severe drought last year but conditions have eased a bit thanks to snow this winter.