Wolf Creek Pass is snowpacked while Put Hill and Yellowjacket look wet and slushy. Be careful out there! – Web cam captures 11/3/2022 at 9:15am
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Thursday – 3 Nov 2022 – 10:00am
Announcement: Today at 6:45pm Arleen will be discussing the winter outlook at the PLPOA Clubhouse with the San Juan Outdoor Club. The presentation is open to the public.
At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 56 and the low this morning was 33. Winds at the airfield hit 28mph yesterday evening.
Precip summary… Rain started changing to snow across much of the valley between 5am and 8am. And once it switched to snow, it came down heavily. Based on your very helpful reports on our Facebook page this morning, areas above 7,800ft had 2-3” of wet snow by 8am. Locations below 7,800ft were mostly less than 1.5”. Snow started to stick in town around 7:30am.
Thanks so much for your reports!
CoCoRaHS observers.. Gusty winds will start moving your snow around this afternoon making it difficult to measure. If possible, do a snow measurement as the winds begin to pick up. Good luck!
Today through tomorrow morning… A pretty strong system is expected to move through the Four Corners area. The latest track for the low pushes it nearly over our heads between midnight tonight and sunrise tomorrow.
For travelers, keep a close eye on travel conditions, including the higher sections along I-40 through AZ and NM. In those areas 40-50mph winds and brief periods of poor visibility could be a problem.
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for an additional 7” to 14” of snow above 8,000ft” and winds gusting to 45mph valid until midnight tonight. ***
Today through this evening… Precip will come in waves and fall heavily at times. Expect periods of poor visibility and bad driving conditions. An isolated thunderstorm or two is possible. Winds will get gusty this afternoon.
As of 8am, temps are right around freezing for most of the valley and the snow level is around 7,000ft. Temps will rise a couple of degrees and the snow level could briefly pop up to 7,500ft.
Snow forecast for this period…
Below 7,500ft: 2-4”
Valley above 7,500ft: 4-8”
Above 9,000ft in the mountains: 12-18” and winds to 60mph
Late this evening to Friday at noon… As the low slides to our east, upper level flow will turn northwesterly, and moisture and precip will decrease. Snowshowers will become more spotty. Accumulating snow will be about done in the valley around midnight and linger over the mountains into the late morning.
Valley: Up to 2” but it will be spotty
Total snowfall amounts (includes snow that has already fallen)…
Below 7,500ft: 2-5”
Valley above 7,500ft: 6-10”
Above 9,000ft in the mountains: 20-30”
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|54||75 / 1945||20||4 / 1929|
My next post will be tomorrow morning.