Beautiful drive through the San Luis Valley yesterday – Pic taken 10/29/2022
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Sunday – 30 Oct 2022 – 11:00am
At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 54 and the low this morning was 25. Winds at the airfield hit 10mph yesterday.
Precip summary… There was no precip in the last 2 days.
Today through Tuesday… A weak trough will skirt the area today so we’ll see a few more clouds, but will stay dry. Otherwise, ridging is in control and will give us lots of sun. Temps will be near average.
Wednesday night through Friday… The next system will slowly move through the region. The low is expected to move through central AZ Thursday afternoon through Friday morning and then through southern NM Friday and Saturday. For travelers, keep a close eye on travel conditions, including the higher sections along I-40 through AZ and NM. In those areas 40-60mph winds and brief periods of poor visibility could pose a problem.
Wednesday evening and overnight… The chance for precip will ramp up through the night. The snow level will bounce around between 8,000ft and 9,000ft.
Valley below 8,500ft… Mostly rain with a few occasional snowflakes – no snow accumulation
Mountains above 9,000ft… 4-6” of snow and winds to 50mph
Thursday morning to late afternoon… The snow level will bounce around between 8,000ft and 8,500ft and temps will be above freezing so snow will have trouble sticking in the valley.
Below 8,000ft: Mostly rain occasionally mixed with snow – no snow accumulation
Above 8,000ft in the valley: wet snow occasionally mixed with rain – up to an inch of slushy snow on cold surfaces
Above 9,000ft in the mountains: 6-10” and winds to 60mph
Thursday evening to Friday morning… The snow level will drop below 7,000ft and surface temps will cool resulting in snow for the valley. Typical of these systems, moisture will decrease as temps drop which makes the snow forecast tricky.
Below 8,000ft: 1-3”
Above 8,000ft in the valley: 2-4”
Above 9,000ft in the mountains: 3-6”
Friday… The bulk of the snow will be done by sunrise on Friday, and we’ll see gradual clearing with scattered snow showers through the day. Snow will be spotty with up to inch in the valley and 2-4” in the mountains.
Wild cards with this system…
– The amount of warm air. Less warm air than I expect will result in considerably more snow for the valley. Slightly warmer air will result in less snow.
– The amount of moisture Thursday night as temps cool, and the snow level lowers. If moisture decreases quickly, we’ll get less snow. If moisture sticks around, we’ll get a little more snow.
– A couple of forecast models expect another wave of storm energy on Friday but I think the bulk of the precip will be done by sunrise on Friday.
Total snowfall forecast…
Below 8,000ft: 1-3”
Above 8,000ft in the valley: 3-6”
Above 9,000ft in the mountains: 14-20”
** I’ll adjust timing and amounts as the data gets better. **
There is nothing on radar this morning.
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|55||69 / 1990||22||6 / 1989|
My next post will either be tomorrow afternoon or Tuesday afternoon.