Our storm is winding down…

Snow

Although we saw a few hefty snow-showers this morning, unfortunately they did not last long enough to give us as much precipitation as we had hoped for.

4-12-22 1:30pm update…

The low so far today at Stevens Field has been 33 degrees, and the high has been 50, which occurred around midnight. We have seen winds gusting to over 30mph and there has been a mixture of snow, graupel, ice pellets and rain so far today.

SPECIAL STATEMENT FROM WOLF CREEK!

DUE TO HIGH WINDS, WOLF CREEK WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY – APRIL 12th!  WE WILL BE REOPENING TOMORROW, APRIL 13th FOR REGULAR OPERATIONS.

For elevations of 9000 feet and above (Wolf Creek Pass):

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT WEDNESDAY... * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches. Winds gusting as high as 70 mph. * WHERE…Eastern Sawatch Mountains Above 11000 Feet and Eastern San Juan Mountains Above 10000 Feet Counties. * WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to noon MDT Wednesday. * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult due to extensive blowing snow. Very strong winds could cause tree damage. The cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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We currently have a Winter Storm Warning for our mountains.

As advertised, it’s been an interesting weather day, but so far, not as much precipitation as the models had predicted yesterday. As I type this post at 12:30pm, it’s snowing at our home about a mile north of Hatcher Lake and there were some pretty heavy snow showers about an hour ago downtown and in the City Market area. I expect the showers to continue through 4-5pm when the trough moves through, then we should see a lot of sunshine through sunset. As the upper level low passes to our north, we could see a short round of snow showers later this evening around 9pm. Winds will continue to gust from 30-40mph this afternoon through Wednesday. Temps will drop into the teens tonight, then struggle to get out of the mid 30’s tomorrow, despite partly cloudy skies. By Saturday, our high temps should once again reach the norms for this time of the year (60 degrees).

Since Wolf Creek Ski area is closed for the rest of the day, we may not get a snow total from them until tomorrow. Based on road cam images, it looks like their snow totals will be much less than were forecast, but I’m hoping they see more showers this afternoon as well.

Looking at the latest melted snow and rain totals so far, the Weather Underground reporting station out on north Piedra Road appears to be the precipitation lottery winner with a half inch total. Precipitation elsewhere in town is ranging from a few hundredths to around 0.20.

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Liquid precipitation totals as of 12:30pm.
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An upper-level low is moving from west to east, dragging a trough and cold front along with it to our west. As the trough passes, most of the precipitation will end, but there is a slight chance for some more snow showers as the low passes to our north.
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Latest satellite imagery shows a break in the clouds right along the Four Corners at 12:30pm. This break should reach our area later this afternoon.
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Pagosa Springs historical data for April 12th.

Average HighRecord High / YearAverage LowRecord Low / Year
5875/ 1907237/ 1951

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