Before winter arrives, it is best to prepare for the worst

RBC I Winter Weather Preparedness Week runs through Saturday as proclaimed by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Before winter weather arrives in earnest, it is highly recommended that drivers prepare vehicles for winter travel.

Wind chill often overlooked as a silent and quick killer

RBC I The combination of wind and low temperature in winter can be deadly. The Wind Chill Index helps you determine when dangerous conditions develop that could lead to frostbite or hypothermia. It takes into account heat loss from the human body to its surroundings during cold and windy weather. The calculation utilizes wind speed […]

Hill fog…

Strong wind blows the air up a slope near Chase Draw west of Rangely, cooling the air and condensing the moisture. The effect is of steam rising from the hillsides, although the actual result is called a “hill fog.” It is not a common occurrence, but the weather in the past week has created this phenomenon.

Frosty weather…

A hard frost Friday night left its trademark crystals on trees, grasses and even spiderwebs Saturday morning. In the first few days of the new year, temperatures will climb into the high 20s but are not projected to get much, if any, above freezing.

Speed, ice cause several Rangely-area accidents

RANGELY I Three weather-related accidents in fewer than 24 hours caused damage to vehicles and injury to some occupants during the first substantial snowfall of the season Dec. 25 and 26.

Snowy decorations…

Snow has fallen every day for roughly the past nine days, giving this tree a frosty holiday look.

First snow…


Meeker residents woke up to about 1.5 inches of snow on the ground Monday, the first measurable snowfall of the season. Although this snow arrived later than usual, forecasts call for a cold and snowy winter ahead.

Deer on campus…


A deer on the Colorado Northwestern Community College’s campus in Rangely pauses in front of the large blue-and-orange tent near the school’s ice tower. The tent serves as a staging area for climbers and houses snow-making equipment.

Hoarfrost in Rangely…


Hoarfrost coated trees around Rangely last week as a winter storm warning predicted up to a foot of snow in the area. Several inches supplemented the thinning blankets of snow around town in what has been, so far, a relatively mild winter on the west side of the county.

Snow in Rangely…


Although Rangely hasn’t seen a substantial snowstorm since December, small accumulations of two inches or less over the last month have made for passable sledding conditions on the hills next to Rangely High School.

Precipitation during 2013 tops annual average by 1.88 inches

Snow continues to pile up around the county as seen here Monday at the intersection of Sixth and Main streets in Meeker. Some areas received another nine inches of snow recently. Already the county is off to a quick start on the new precipitation year with more than 25 inches in some parts of the surrounding mountains.

MEEKER I Precipitation in Rio Blanco County surpassed its annual normal depth in early November and finished 2013 nearly two inches ahead of the average annual measurement for the area.

Mountain inversion…


Park Mountain, standing 18 miles south of Rangely at the end of Dragon Road, remained shrouded in clouds for a week in early December as an inversion covering the valleys of eastern Utah and western Colorado persisted.