By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Emergency Management was activated Tuesday afternoon to support a snow emergency taking place in southern Colorado.

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(credit: Costello County Emergency Management)

(credit: Costello County Emergency Management)

Heavy snow and high wind slammed parts of Dolores and Costilla counties during the latest winter storm.

Deep snow piles on Jan. 24 left behind after a winter storm in San Luis, Colorado. (credit: Bernadette Barela)

Deep snow piles on Jan. 24 left behind after a winter storm in San Luis, Colorado. (credit: Bernadette Barela)

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According to Christopher Rodriguez, Emergency Manager for Costilla County, drifts in some areas are as high as 10 feet deep.

(credit: Costello County EM)

(credit: Costello County Emergency Management)

Some roads are said to be impassable and areas schools are closed, including the Centennial School District and the Sierra Grande Schools.

Heavy snow on Jan. 24 left behind after a winter storm in San Luis, Colorado. (credit: Bernadette Barela)

Heavy snow on Jan. 24 left behind after a winter storm 10 miles east of San Luis in the village of San Francisco, Colorado. (credit: Bernadette Barela)

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Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.