White-out conditions started around 5am as the front moved through!… Web cam courtesy of Jim Smith Realty, a Pagosa Weather sponsor, on 12/15/2021 at 5:30am
Wednesday – 15 Dec 2021 – 8:15am
At Stevens Field the high in the last 24 hours was 42 at 2:15am and the low so far this morning is 23. The peak wind at the airfield was 64.4mph at 5:35am.
Precip in the last 24 hours… Snowfall will be difficult to measure due to strong winds. I estimate that 2-4” has fallen in the valley. Wolf Creek reported 7” of new snow in the last 24 hours.
LPEA has reported multiple powers outages across La Plata and Archuleta counties.
*** As of 7:30am Wolf Creek Pass and Wolf Creek Ski Area are closed until conditions improve. ***
The front moved through Pagosa Springs right at 5am.
– Things that went right: Winds peaked around 65mph, temps dropped from around 40 to the mid-20s in less than 30 mins, visibility was near zero, and there were a few thunderbooms!
– Things that didn’t go right: The amount of precip is lower than I expected. The dry slot stayed over us longer than I expected.
The worst of it is over. Snowshowers and winds will taper off through the morning.
Tomorrow through Tuesday… This period will be pretty quiet.
Starting roughly late Wednesday, 22 Dec through Christmas week, the weather pattern looks pretty active!
The rest of today…
Now to noon: Precip will taper off to scattered showers. Initially winds in the valley will gust to 25-35mph and in the mountains 45-55mph and gradually weaken through this period.
After noon: Scattered showers will linger over the mountains. Initially winds in the valley will gust to 20-30mph and in the mountains 30-40mph and then decrease through the afternoon.
Temps today will peak in the lower to mid-20s. Lows tonight will be -5 to 10.
*** There is a WINTER STORM WARNING for the southwest San Juan Mountains above 8,500ft valid until 5pm today for 8-16” of total snowfall with locally higher amounts and winds over 70mph along ridge lines. ***
*** The WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the San Juan River Basin, which includes Pagosa Springs, will expire at 11am. ***
*** The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an AVALANCE WATCH for our mountains today. *** This might get upgraded to a warning sometime today.
Additional snowfall today…
Thursday through Tuesday… We’ll see lots of sun. 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||57 / 1969||3||-29 / 1945|
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My next post will be tomorrow afternoon. I’ll dig more into Christmas week. Be careful out there!