Third earthquake in a week is strongest this year for Colorado

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An earthquake that struck Montrose County Monday shortly before 10:30 a.m. is the strongest in the state so far this year.

The quake, which occurred at 10:22 a.m., measured 4.5 on the Richter Scale according to the United States Geological Survey. Early reports placed the quake at magnitude 5.3 but were later revised. The quake was centered about 58 miles southeast of Montrose.

Nearly 700 people have reported feeling the earthquake, which occurred about one-half mile beneath the surface. Reports were received from Grand Junction to Cortez, and locations in Utah.

More snow on the way to southeast Colorado and Kiowa County

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Winter is on track to return to Kiowa County and other parts of southern Colorado  this weekend, after a storm a week ago brought eight or more inches of wet snow to the area.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory covering Kiowa, Prowers, Bent, Otero, Crowley and Pueblo counties from 6:00 p.m. Saturday until noon Sunday.

From two to four inches of fresh snow expected from the storm, with the greatest accumulation expected in eastern Kiowa County as an upper level disturbance moves east across the area.