Latest News – January 6

First Winter Storm of 2017  Leaves Saguache SLICK!

The first major snow storm of 2017 left behind more than a few measurable inches of snow in the Town of Saguache, challenging motorists and pedestrians with treacherous conditions for those brave enough to venture out.

Winter driving conditions greet motorists in downtown Saguache. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Winter driving conditions greet motorists in downtown Saguache as skies clear after the first major snow storm of 2017. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Local town roads were icy and snow-packed, as reported by residents on social media:

“It is bad out there even if it’s only a quarter inch thick!!” posted one resident on the Sagtowners group Facebook Page. Others reported spinning out at the lowest of speeds and simply sailing through stop signs.

Colorado State Patrol reported several accidents and spin outs along CO Highway 17 yesterday, January 5. Eventually the call was made by the Colorado Department of Transportation to close the road last night so that crews could do their jobs. Fortunately this morning shows hope for motorists as road crews had a chance to dig out stranded travelers and clear highways overnight.

Jessica Phillips of Saguache snapped this shot on her commute home last night of a semi stuck in the deep snow on Highway 17, which was eventually closed for several hours so that crews could assit stranded motorists and clear snow from the roads.

Jessica Phillips of Saguache snapped this shot on her commute home last night of a semi stuck in the deep snow on Highway 17, which was eventually closed for several hours so that crews could assist stranded motorists and clear snow from the roads.

It’s a good reminder for winter checkup for your vehicle, even if you’re just traveling across town or across valley on the back roads. Check your tires, if nothing else make sure the tire pressure is correct  Remember, The Alta on the highway has a tire pressure and air fill system at your convenience. Colder temperatures change your tire pressure, so give your treads a check. Be sure to have enough washer fluid. There’s nothing worse than driving down a slushy highway and realize you don’t have any wiper juice!

CSP also would like to remind drivers of the following tips for safely moving about in winter weather.

With the incoming colder weather comes the promise of worsening road conditions that puts many San Luis Valley residents on high alert while driving. Snow and studded tires along with tires chains are being added to the list of winter necessities as motorists gear up against the less than favorable roadways of January and February.

Drivers should be prepared for snowy driving conditions as the winter months come into focus. Are YOU ready? Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Drivers should be prepared for snowy driving conditions as the winter months come into focus. Are YOU ready? Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Tire chains are highly effective during severe weather conditions but it’s best to have them on your vehicle before entering a potentially compromising situation. Colorado State Patrol officers say the best protection against winter collisions involve implementing cautious driving practice on your own.

Reducing speed, increasing driving distance from other vehicles, and making gradual maneuvers on the road are just a few things that everyone can do to make the roads safer.

Weather can often be unpredictable, so experts also recommend those that are making longer road trips during the winter to pack water, food, blankets in the event of an emergency.

The web cam from the Colorado Department of Transportation showa clerly skies over Saguache Today.

The web cam from the Colorado Department of Transportation shows clearing skies over Saguache Today. But more snow is in the forecast – winter is here!

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sa-jan-6-weatherspacerGet in Shape for New Year in Saguache Today

Make 2017 the year that you keep your promises to yourself! Exercise is proven to improve both physical and mental health and there’s no need to go outside and freeze during the colder winter months in the San Luis Valley. Thanks to generous support from the Saguache County Commissioners the BeBOP Studio at 317 San Juan offers a variety of free classes and workout facilities.

Breathe and movement are pathways to keeping the organs healthy and joints lubricated through gentle yoga. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today

Breathe and movement are pathways to keeping the organs healthy and joints lubricated through gentle yoga. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today

Classes include Workout for Women on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Julia Hammel offers dance classes. For elders and the disabled, Saguache County Public Health offers a chair exercise class every Tuesday at 1 p.m. This is a great way to maintain and improve your mobility while socializing with friends or neighbors. If you need a ride to class or assistance getting in and out please call (719) 655-0216.

And remember that the Foundation Yoga Class with Cynthia Nielsen, LMT continues on Mondays in downtown Saguache. Cost for the 4-week series is $45.

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