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Greetings from Silverton,

Saturday, April 23 dust event #5 (D5) came through Senator Beck Basin here on Red Mountain Pass bringing moderate to heavy amounts of dust, definitely the biggest dust event so far this season.  This event deposited dust on the 4-5" of "clean" snow that accumulated during the April 15-18 storm (see photos below). Wind gusts as high as 70 mph began approximately 3pm on Friday continuing until 7pm on Saturday.  This dust event is easily visible on all aspects and elevations with snow.  A lot of dust concentrated around the lee side of drifts and terrain.

And.....a D6 event is possible today/tomorrow.  An upper level low is pushing across the great basin today and our area tomorrow.  Ahead of the low, strong southwest winds are expected with the strongest over the four corners north into the Paradox Valley.  We will keep you posted.

Also, the site visit to Berthoud Pass and Loveland Pass (Grizzly Peak) on Friday, April 22 to complete our April CODOS circuit revealed no dust at both locations.  A complete summary report on these two sites will be completed and posted to the CODOS website shortly.

As always, we welcome observations and photos from folks around the state.  

More Soon,

Jeff Derry