Wolf Creek Pass, Durango, and Hesperus web cams this morning around 9:45am
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Monday – 12 Dec 2022 – 10:30am
At Stevens Field the high yesterday afternoon was 47. The low this morning was 30. The cold spots dipped into the high teens. The peak wind at the airfield was 9mph.
|Record High / Year
|Record Low / Year
|55 / 1934
|-32 / 1961
Precip summary… It started snowing lightly up at Wolf Creek around 6am. As I type at 9am, snow is starting to pick up at my house near Turkey Springs.
The rest of today… I expect the cold front to move west to east across Archuleta County 5-6pm. We’ll see 2-4 hours of moderate to heavy snow this afternoon ahead of the front. Scattered snowshowers will linger through the night, mostly over the mountains.
*** There will be periods of snow, blowing snow, poor visibility, and bad driving conditions. ***
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for elevations above 6,500ft in the San Juan River basin for 2-5” of snow and winds gusting to 45mph valid on Monday from 5am to 5pm. This includes Pagosa Springs. ***
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a WINTER WEATHER WARNING for the southwest San Juan Mountains for 6-12” of snow and locally higher amounts, and winds gusting to 45mph valid on Monday from 5am to 11pm. ***
*** The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an AVALANCHE WATCH for our mountains, including the Wolf Creek Pass area, valid this evening through Tuesday night. Large and dangerous avalanches can be easily triggered. ***
My snow forecast:
Tuesday… Hit and miss snowshowers are possible through Tuesday, especially in the afternoon and over the mountains. Up to an inch of snow is possible in the mountains and parts of the valley could get a dusting.
Wednesday through Friday… Ridging will build over the region and we’ll see a gradual clearing trend. Patchy fog is possible in low-lying areas Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Temps Tuesday and Wednesday will be 10-15 degrees below average – brrrr. Thursday and Friday will be a little warmer, but temps will still be 5-10 degrees below average.
Saturday and beyond… The forecast models are fluctuating considerably. A couple of forecast models show a weak system around the 21st/22nd but most expect us to go through a dry period. Unfortunately I’m leaning towards us being dry.
I’ll probably do a quick Facebook post later today, otherwise my next post will be tomorrow.