Snow is falling heavily on Wolf Creek Pass – 4/17/2021 at 1:38pm
Saturday – 17 Apr 2021 – 2:10pm
In the last hour a thunderstorm has moved through Durango and another is just south of Bayfield. The next 2-3 hours could be active for Archuleta County. Temps range in the mid-30s to mid-40s in the Pagosa area. Showers will drop those temps at least 5 degrees. Expect quick bursts of intense snow, small hail, poor visibility, isolated lightning, and gusty winds. Bring on the thundersnow!
If you see lightning or hear thunder, please let us know in a comment here or on Facebook. Thundersnow gets us pretty excited!
I might do another quick update today. Otherwise, my next post will be tomorrow morning.
Saturday – 17 Apr 2021 – 8:10am
The low this morning at the airfield was 30 and it occurred right after midnight. It’s currently 31. We measured 0.6” of snow at 7:30am just north of Turkey Springs. Based on the Wolf Creek Pass web cam, they got 2-3” so far.
The upper level low is spinning over south-central Utah and will continue to slowly move south through Sunday. It will bring the best moisture, upper level dynamics, and colder air over our area today.
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the southwest San Juan Mountains for 5-10” of snow valid until 6pm Sunday. ***
Most of next week we will be in an in-between pattern. I don’t see any big or well-organized weather systems, but isolated afternoon showers and a gradual warming trend look likely.
Today through Sunday evening… There will be more clouds and a decent chance for precip with the best chance for precip in the valley through this evening. Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and to a lesser extent during Sunday afternoon.
Precip this morning will be wet snow until around noon, and then switch to mixed below 7,500ft until around sunset, and then will change back to wet snow the rest of tonight. Sunday will see the same precip trend, but it will be more spotty.
High temps will be upper 30s to mid-40s and lows will be mid-20s to low 30s. If clouds clear more than expected tonight, the cold spots will drop into the teens. Winds should stay under 20mph, except isolated areas near strong showers or thunderstorms Saturday afternoon when 30mph is possible.
Forecast precip totals:
– Below 7,500ft: 1-2” of snow by noon today and then less than an inch tonight; 0.20” to 0.30” total liquid equivalent precip
– Above 7,500ft: 1-3” of snow by noon today and then less than an inch tonight; 0.25” to 0.35” total liquid equivalent precip
– In the mountains above 9,000ft: 6-10” of snow total with most of it falling today; 0.60” to 1.00” of total liquid equivalent precip
Sunday night will be chilly with lows flirting with a record. Lows will be around 10 to the lower 20s.
Monday and beyond… Expect partly cloudy skies and isolated afternoon showers, mostly over the mountains. We’ll see a gradual warming trend through the week, finally getting back to seasonal averages by Thursday.
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|61||75 / 1962||25||10 / 1930|
I’ll do a quick update later today. – Shawn