Before and after pictures from Lorren Dawes
Saturday – 1 Jan 2022 – 11:00am
At Stevens Field the high temp in the last 24 hours was 32 and the low this morning is 27. The peak wind at the airfield was 17mph.
Precip in the last 24 hours… Just like yesterday, 1” to 3” of snow fell in valley – I expected double that. I expected 12-18” total from this storm so it was disappointing in the valley.
It was fantastic for the mountains! Wolf Creek reported 14” of new snow in the last 24 hours.
Storm cycle summary…
Between 23 December and today, 1 January, multiple systems moved through and dropped lots of snow! Check out the graphics below.
This last system was a dud. The first band of moisture missed us to the east and the next band had more of a westerly trajectory and was drier than expected. Scattered snowshowers will linger until the afternoon when the upper level trough moves through.
Now ridging will build in and give us quiet weather for 5-7 days. Upper level flow will turn more northwesterly and dry out for us – a more typical La Nina pattern.
Rest of today… Snowshowers will linger until the afternoon. Clouds will start clearing around sunset and continue to clear overnight leading to a very cold morning. We should get glimpses of the mountains today – have your cameras ready! Sunrise tomorrow morning on the snow-covered mountains will also be spectacular!
Winds could get into the 20-25mph range this afternoon as the colder air starts to move in. Wind chills could be below zero by sunset.
High temps will be in the mid to upper 20s and will occur before noon. Lows tonight will be -15 to 0.
Additional snowfall by sunset…
– Valley: up to 1” but it will be spotty
– Mountains: 3-6”
*** The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an AVALANCHE WARNING valid until Sunday morning at 8am. *** Avalanche conditions will remain very dangerous for the next few days.
Sunday through Friday… We’ll see lots of sun. Patchy morning fog is possible in the low lying areas, especially after a sunny day with temps above freezing the preceding afternoon.
Temps will start below average on Sunday and then warm to average by Monday. Highs tomorrow will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s, and in the 30s the rest of the period. Lows Sunday and Monday nights will be -10 to 10, and then -5 to 15 the rest of the period.
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Record High / Year
|Record Low / Year
|59 / 1981
|-20 / 1991
The first week of January averages are our coldest of the year.
Call 877-841-0247 for our “dial up and text” forecast.
My next post will be tomorrow morning. I’ll also do a December summary and January outlook later today or tomorrow.