Some dedicated snowshoers make their way around Coyote Loop trail this morning!
Wednesday – 28 Dec. 2022 – Noon
At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 46 and the low this morning was 32 degrees. Humidity yesterday afternoon bottomed out at 42%. Winds at the airfield hit 7mph yesterday.
Precipitation summary…Finally there is precipitation to summarize! Most of us found 2-4 inches of snow on the ground this morning. Because those of you living below 7500 feet experienced a rain/snow mix until after midnight, I’m including the liquid totals as well. As forecast, this was a very wet snow with temperatures right around freezing.
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Record High / Year
|Record Low / Year
|-25 / 1988
Winter Storm Warning for Elevations above 6500 feet-includes Pagosa Springs
Four Corners/Upper Dolores River-Animas River Basin- San Juan River Basin- Including the cities of Dove Creek, Mancos, Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, and Pagosa Springs 1022 AM MST Wed Dec 28 2022 …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY ABOVE 6500 FEET… * WHAT…Moderate to heavy snow at times, with highest amounts expected above 6500 feet. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, bringing total snow accumulations to 5 to 10 inches with locally higher amounts. * WHERE…Four Corners/Upper Dolores River, Animas River Basin and San Juan River Basin. * WHEN…Until 5 AM MST Thursday. * IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.
Winter Storm Warning for Wolf Creek Pass:
Eastern San Juan Mountains Above 10000 Feet- 359 AM MST Wed Dec 28 2022 …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet. Locally higher amounts possible on the peaks. Winds gusting as high as 70 mph. * WHERE…Eastern San Juan Mountains above 10000 Feet. * WHEN…Until 5 AM MST Thursday. * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO 359 PM MST TUE DEC 27 2022 THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER. …AVALANCHE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4:30 PM TUESDAY UNTIL 8 AM THURSDAY… * WHAT…The Avalanche Danger will rise to HIGH (Level 4 of 5) starting Tuesday night and last to Thursday morning. * WHERE…Park Range, Elkhead Mountains, Flat Top Mountains, Ruby Range, Elk Mountains south of divide, West Elk Mountains, Grand Mesa, San Juan Mountains, San Miguel Mountains, Rico Mountains, La Garita Mountains, La Plata Mountains, Needle Mountains, Grenadier Range * WHEN…In effect from 4:30 PM Tuesday, December 27 until 8:00 AM Thursday, December 29. * IMPACTS…Heavy snow and strong winds have created dangerous avalanche conditions in the backcountry. Large and dangerous avalanches will be very easy to trigger. Avalanches will run naturally.
Travel Disclaimer: While we would love to help you make decisions on whether to drive over the pass, plan your trip or predict if planes will be able to take off in Durango on a particular date, we don’t have the resources to do so…plus it puts us in potential legal liability if you go flying off Wolf Creek Pass when we suggested it would be a good day to travel! Please use these two links: New Mexico Road Conditions and Colorado Road Conditions. And this one for Durango Airport flight information.
The rest of today through Thursday morning… A large band of moisture is heading our way from the west and should be here around post time. Behind that is the trough and cold front with convective activity forming out ahead of it. That should reach us later this afternoon or early evening producing a burst of snow and possibly some thunder snow! Colder air behind the front will drop our temperatures into the teens during the night.
Thursday-Saturday: Cooler temps with lows in the single digits and teens and highs in the low to mid 30’s. There will be a chance for snow showers each day with light accumulations of 1-2 inches of snow expected during the period.
Saturday night-Monday: Another trough and more SW flow will give us a good chance for snow through Monday. Best odds for heavier totals will be on Sunday.
Here is my latest snowfall forecast from noon today through tomorrow morning.
– Valley: 2-4 inches of snow with a chance for thundersnow early evening.
– Mountains: 7-12”
Here is my first guess snowfall forecast from Saturday night through Tuesday morning.
– Valley: 7-14 inches of snow.
– Mountains: 12-24”
Check out my Pagosa Peak Cam (myearthcam.com) for watching hikers, bikers and of course, the weather.