A little more snow and then the cold!

Hardy Skiers

Some hardy cross-country skiers and their dog brave the elements this morning along Coyote Loop Trail.

2-2-22: 1pm update…

Our current Winter Weather Warnings will continue to be in effect for Pagosa Springs and Wolf Creek Pass until 11:59pm tonight. While Wolf Creek Pass is currently open, it certainly doesn’t look like it would be much fun to be driving over the pass today!

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Current Winter Storm Warnings for our area. Pagosa Springs is the red dot on the graphic.
Cam shot of Wolf Creek Pass as of 11:20am this morning.

The low this morning at Stevens Field was 25 degrees and the high so far has been 29 degrees.

Thanks to all of you who have been reporting their snow totals on Facebook this morning. So far, I’ve seen totals of 4-5 inches in Arboles to 10 inches in Chromo. For the Pagosa Springs area, the snow totals have generally been in the 5-7 inch range, although there will be more snow showers through at least midnight. Below are some of the 8am COCORAHS totals. As advertised, this has been a pretty dry snow event with liquid equivalents ranging from a 15-1 to 20-1. But for all of you skiers out there, this will be dream ski conditions! Wolf Creek Ski area reports 14 inches of power as of 6:30am this morning. They should be getting at least 10 more inches during the day.

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COCORAHS snowfall reports from this morning.
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Moisture continues to flow into the mid-levels of our atmosphere this afternoon from the SW. A trough to our west will slowly move our direction and should arrive around midnight. At that time, our SW flow will shift to the north and most of our snow will start winding down.
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Current satellite imagery shows clearing to our west.

Snow showers will continue into the evening as moisture continues to flow into the mid-levels of our atmosphere this afternoon from the SW. A trough to our west will slowly move our direction and should arrive around midnight. At that time, our SW flow will shift to the north and most of our snow will start winding down, although we could see a few light snow showers on Thursday morning as some “wrap around” moisture takes a while to move out. Behind the trough we will see some cold air move into our area tonight, making for a very chilly Thursday and Friday with highs only in the 20’s and lows below zero.

My forecast…

For those of you who like to “hear” our forecast, we are currently experimenting with a “dial up and text” forecast. Call 877-841-0247 and give it a try! Let us know what you think…

The rest of today: Mostly cloudy skies with a high in the mid 20’s. Expect off/on snow showers until around midnight tonight. We could see another 2-4 inches of snow before it tapers off tonight. Winds will be out of the SW 10-15mph. The mountains could see 8-12 more inches of snow.

Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy after midnight with a few flurries. Lows will be -5 to single digits.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a few snow showers during the first half of the day with highs only in the upper teens to low 20’s.

Friday: Lows -15 to -5. Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 20’s to low 30’s.

Saturday and Sunday: Sunny with highs in the low to mid 30’s and lows -5 to single digits.

Monday and Tuesday: Sunny with highs in the upper 30’s to low 40’s and lows in the single digits.

-Mark Langford

Check out my Pagosa Peak Cam (myearthcam.com) for watching hikers, bikers and of course, the weather.

Pagosa Springs historical data for February 2nd.

Average HighRecord High / YearAverage LowRecord Low / Year
4052/ 19922-37/ 1951

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Mark Langford

Mark Langford

I consider myself a "weather journalist" who has been studying and following meteorology since taking an earth science class in eighth grade. Later, when I became a professional commercial photographer, I learned that my continued studies in meteorology helped me plan outdoor photo assignments. I'm now a semi-retired photographer who teaches photo workshops, goes storm chasing and of course enjoys photographing great landscapes and clouds in our area. My fine art photography can be seen here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-mark-langford
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