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Walsenburg gets some of biggest snow totals in latest southern Colorado storm

WALSENBURG, Colo. -- The area south and west of Pueblo received among the heaviest snow totals in the latest winter storm to hit Colorado.

At least 8 inches of snow were reported Monday in Walsenburg and other areas of Huerfano County.

Several semitrailers had to be towed to safety when they became stuck on ice formed when snow was pressed down by the weight of the loaded vehicles.

Many truckers were forced to wait for the weather to clear up and for travel conditions to improve, with the common question being: "What are the roads like going north to Colorado Springs?"

Many of those roads, including Interstate 25, were snowpacked and slick.

"These truckers weren't required to have chains on their vehicles," a tow truck driver said. "But many of them did anyway, and are probably glad they did."

"With an oversized semi and no chains, I can't get on the road," a trucker said. "I won't be going anywhere for a while."

"I hit the storm in Trinidad," another trucker said. "I pulled over because I couldn't see the lane markers. I'm taking a load of Coke products to Colorado Springs. I'll be late but I should be there this afternoon."

By late morning, the snow stopped falling, the sun came out, and what was a snowy, icy mess became a wet, slushy one.

Despite the conditions, there were few crashes or slide-offs reported.

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Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.

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