Despite warm temps, county preparing for winter

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Despite temperatures in the 70s this week, Archuleta County Road and Bridge personnel are gearing up for this winter, with all the necessary machinery set to be ready for a snow event by the end of this week.

Updated forecasts continue to favor a strong El Niño, with the weather pattern expected to peak in late fall and early winter, with seasonal forecasting maps predicting above-average precipitation through next spring.

“This El Niño continues to rank among the strongest in our records, which start in 1950,” notes an update posted on www.climate.gov.

According to an El Niño/southern oscillation (ENSO) diagnostic discussion posted on Oct. 8 on the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, “Across the United States, temperature and precipitation impacts from El Niño are likely to be seen during the upcoming months. … Outlooks generally favor below-average temperatures and above-median precipitation across the southern tier of the United States, and above-average temperatures and below-median precipitation over the northern tier of the United States.”

The next three-month outlook is scheduled to be posted today, Oct. 15.

At a work session of the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners held Tuesday morning, Public Works Director Ken Feyen outlined for the commissioners a few changes in place for the upcoming winter.

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