Driving conditions are sketchy on Wolf Creek Pass with poor visibility, periods of heavy snow, and gusty winds – CDOT web cam 10/23/2022 at 9:22am
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Sunday – 23 Oct 2022 – 10:45am
At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 61 and the low this morning was 41. Winds at the airfield hit 44mph at 2:15am this morning. The Wolf Creek/Lobo Overlook sensor, elevation 11,759ft, had a peak gust of 90mph also at 2:15am.
Precip summary… Much of the county got a little bit of precip this morning. Mark was the rain lottery winner just north of Hatcher Lake.
The cold front is moving west to east across Archuleta County as I type. At 10:30am, CDOT web cams show that it is snowing on Yellow Jacket. The models are struggling so I must rely on surface observations and satellite this morning.
Satellite tells me that widespread precip will fall this morning and then get more spotty after noon behind the cold front. Later this evening we could have another burst of showers as the upper level trough moves through.
The higher parts of the county, above 7,500ft, will start seeing snowflakes anytime. Unfortunately, because the atmosphere will be drying as it also cools, I think we’ll get less snow in the valley. Surface temps upstream behind the front are all in the mid to upper 30s, even Telluride at 9,070ft is in the mid-30s with a rain/snow mix. That doesn’t bode well for us.
My snow forecast:
Below 7,500ft: Up to a half inch on cold surfaces
Above 7,500ft: Up to an inch on cold surfaces
Mountains above 9,000ft: 10-15”
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a WINTER WEATHER WARNING for the mountains above 8,500ft valid until 6am Monday for 6-12” of snow and locally higher amounts. Winds over 60mph are also occurring. ***
*** The Grand Junction NWS has also issued a WIND ADVISORY for the San Juan River and Animas River Basins, which includes Pagosa Springs, for winds up to 50mph valid until noon today. ***
Monday a few spotty snowshowers might linger over the mountains, but otherwise, it will be partly cloudy with high temps 15 degrees below average.
Tuesday will be nice with lots of sun, but high temps will be 10-15 degrees below average.
The next system will move through Wednesday night and Thursday. It won’t be as strong as today’s system, but because cooler air will already be in place, snow is more likely to stick in the valley.
My initial snow forecast:
Below 7,500ft: up to 0.5”
Above 7,500ft: 0.5” to 2”
Mountains above 9,000ft: 3-6”
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|60||76 / 1946||23||-2 / 1908|
My next update will be tomorrow morning.