Because Santa let me down this year, I had to use a snow photo from last season! © 2022-Mark Langford
Christmas – 25 Dec. 2022 – 10:30am
Me: OK Santa, I asked for snow on Christmas and all I got was brown grass!
Santa: Ho Ho Ho!
Me: Sorry Santa, I need a better explanation than that!
Santa: Due to ongoing shipping delays, your snow is still somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. The latest tracking information we have on this storm shows it arriving somewhere around the 27th, in the evening.
Me: Santa, you sound a bit like a computer-generated message…
Santa: Thank you for calling, good bye!
At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 44 and the low this morning was 17 degrees. Humidity yesterday afternoon bottomed out at 35%. Winds at the airfield hit 16mph yesterday.
Precipitation summary…There was no precipitation to summarize!
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|38||58/ 1946||2||-34 / 1990|
This is Shawn’s forecast from yesterday. Since I see no changes as of today, here it is again:
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”
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