A glorious day up at Wolf Creek!… Pic taken 12/13/2021
Monday – 13 Dec 2021 – 4:00pm
At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 40 and the low this morning was 9. The cold spots hit 5. Peak winds yesterday afternoon at the airfield were 4mph.
There was no precip in the last 24 hours.
The upper level ridge has moved to our east so we’ll see more high clouds this afternoon and then clouds will increase tomorrow ahead of the system.
Late Tuesday into Wednesday morning a strong cold front will move through. A strong jet stream, cold air advection, moist air advection, and storm energy will result in a very active night.
Thursday through Sunday… a weak trough will move through Thursday night and Friday and kick up a few spotty snowshowers but this period will be pretty quiet.
Rest of today… It will be mostly sunny with high clouds increasing. Lows tonight will be 5 to 20.
Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon… Scattered showers will start after noon, especially over the mountains, and then ramp up around sunset. The heaviest precip, and a thunderstorm or two, is likely between sunset and mid-morning. Scattered showers will end in the valley by noon and linger into mid-afternoon over the mountains.
The snow level will be around 8,500ft until midnight, then lower to 8,000ft for a few hours, and then drop rapidly below 7,000ft after the front moves through between 5am and 7am. The heavy precip will taper off pretty quickly behind the front and become more showery.
Potentially damaging winds peaking in the 50-60mph range in the valley and 70-80mph range in the mountains are possible between 3am and 11am.
Highs tomorrow will be in the mid-40s and the highs on Wednesday will occur shortly after midnight in the lower to mid-30s. The lows Wednesday night will be -5 to 10.
*** Summary: The worst weather will occur within a couple of hours ahead of and behind the front from roughly 3am to 9am. Expect periods of heavy snow, blowing snow, poor visibility, a thunderstorm or two, and potentially damaging winds. I’d be prepared for another round of power outages. ***
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the southwest San Juan Mountains valid 5pm Tuesday to 5pm Wednesday for 8-16” of snow with locally higher amounts and winds gusting to 80mph along ridge lines. *** For clarity, this does not include Pagosa Springs.
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a HIGH WIND WATCH for the San Juan River Basin, which includes Pagosa Springs, valid Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning for southerly winds 30-40mph with gusts to 60mph. *** This watch will likely be upgraded to a warning as the storm nears.
My forecast snow amounts…
Valley below 8,000ft: 1-3”
Valley above 8,000ft: 3-6”
Mountains above 9,000ft: 12-18”
Thursday through Sunday… Expect partly cloudy skies. A few spotty snowshowers are possible Thursday night and Friday, mainly over the mountains. Snowfall will be under an inch and spotty. Highs will be in the mid-30s to low 40s and lows will be -5 to 15.
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|39||54 / 1929||5||-28 / 1961|
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My next update will be tomorrow morning.