Standing lenticular clouds at sunrise – Pic taken 12/24/2022
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Saturday – 24 Dec 2022 – 10:25am
At Stevens Field the high yesterday afternoon was 40. The low this morning was 15. The cold spots dipped to around 10. The peak wind at the airfield was 5mph.
Record High / Year
Record Low / Year
56 / 1943
-34 / 1990
Precip summary… There has been no recent precip.
There is nothing on radar this morning in our area.
Today through Tuesday afternoon… Ridging will build along the West Coast and put us under a dry northwest flow pattern. Systems will stay north of us, and we’ll see occasional patches of clouds. Clouds will increase Tuesday ahead of the next system.
Temps will be 5-10 degree above average.
Tuesday evening to Thursday afternoon… A fairly strong, slow moving system, with plenty of moisture will move through. Unfortunately the system will start on the warm side.
Here’s my first guess on snow levels. They’re going to be challenging!
Tuesday evening: ~8,000ft
Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon: 7,000-7,600ft
Wednesday evening: below 7,000ft and dropping through the night
*** Roads, especially above 8,000ft, will start getting slick Tuesday night. Expect the worst driving conditions Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon as colder air and steady snow overtake most of the county. ***
First guess snow totals…
– Valley below 7,600ft: 3-5” – most of it will fall Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon
– Valley above 7,600ft: 5-10”
– Mountains: 14-20”
30 Dec through 4 Jan… The pattern will stay active with more chances for snow. It’s still too far out to nail down details.
Mark will take over tomorrow. Let’s hope the weather keeps him busy!
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I love mountains, I love snow, and I love summertime thunderstorms. I spend a bunch of time playing outdoors and found my paradise in Pagosa Springs. I do Pagosa Weather as a community service. Hopefully you find us helpful!
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