FARMINGTON — Snow blanketed San Juan County roads Monday causing dangerous driving conditions but no serious injuries were reported.

Eight accidents were reported in the area by 11:30 a.m., said Tandra Malcom,a dispatch center supervisor.

Snowfall amounts varied from 0.3 inches to 2 inches near Farmington. The heaviest snowfall came north and east of the city, said Chuck Jones, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Grand Junction.

The storm began to taper off by Monday afternoon.

"It's pretty much over," Jones said. "There can be a few more snow showers, but there shouldn't be anything significant."

The storm's departure will usher in a stretch of cold days. New Year's Day is forecast to reach 33 degrees, with an overnight low of 9. Similar weather is forecast through Friday.

"We're looking at just a fairly dry, chilly pattern for the rest of the week," Jones said.

Temperatures are expected to rebound for the weekend, with forecast highs of 37 degrees on Saturday and 38 degrees on Sunday.

Durango Mountain Resort reported 4 inches of fresh snow Monday. The mountain had 87 percent of ski runs open.

The December snow came at a perfect time for Durango and other ski areas.

The stretch from Christmas to New Year's Day is typically the resort's busiest time of year, spokeswoman Kim Oyler said.

"We've had a lot of guests up here enjoying the snow," Oyler said.

The timely storms came after a late start to ski season at the resort, which opened Nov.


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23 with only one ski run open. But December has proved snowy, with 52 inches in the month, including 16 inches since Christmas Eve.

Durango Mountain Resort reported a 31 inch midway depth.

Wolf Creek Ski Area, east of Pagosa Springs, Colo., reported 6 inches from Monday's storm. Wolf Creek had a midway depth of 46 inches.