Saturday – 31 Dec. 2022 – 9:45am
At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 30 and the low this morning was 26 degrees. Humidity yesterday afternoon bottomed out at 83%. Winds at the airfield hit 8 mph yesterday.
Precipitation summary…More light snow moved in overnight. I measured 1.5 inches at our place about a mile north of Hatcher Lake. Totals ranged from a half an inch to 2 inches. Wolf Creek Ski Area only reported 1 inch of snow.
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|35||56/ 1980||1||-26 / 1911|
Winter Weather Advisory from 6pm Sunday to Noon Monday for Pagosa Springs:
Four Corners/Upper Dolores River-Animas River Basin- San Juan River Basin- Including the cities of Cortez, Dove Creek, Mancos, Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, and Pagosa Springs 151 PM MST Sat Dec 31 2022 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM SUNDAY TO NOON MST MONDAY… * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts up to 9 inches in the foothills. * WHERE…Four Corners/Upper Dolores River, Animas River Basin and San Juan River Basin. * WHEN…From 6 PM Sunday to noon MST Monday. * IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
Winter Storm Warning for Elevations above 9000 feet-Does not include Pagosa Springs
Southwest San Juan Mountains- Including the cities of Silverton, Rico, and Hesperus 746 AM MST Sat Dec 31 2022 …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST MONDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet with locally higher amounts up to 3 feet possible. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. * WHERE…Southwest San Juan Mountains. * WHEN…Until 6 PM MST Monday. * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility
Winter Storm Warning for Wolf Creek Pass:
La Garita Mountains Above 10000 Feet- Eastern San Juan Mountains Above 10000 Feet- 400 AM MST Sat Dec 31 2022 …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM MST MONDAY… * WHAT…Periods of heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet, greatest amounts across the eastern San Juan mountains. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. * WHERE…La Garita Mountains and Eastern San Juan Mountains Above 10000 Feet. * WHEN…From 5 PM Saturday to 5 PM MST Monday, with the heaviest snow and greatest impacts expected Sunday afternoon through late Sunday night. * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult at times, with snow and blowing snow significantly reducing visibility, along with slick and snow packed roads. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER. …AVALANCHE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM SATURDAY UNTIL 11 PM MONDAY… *WHAT…The Avalanche Danger will rise to HIGH (Level 4 of 5) by Saturday evening. Very dangerous avalanche conditions expected. *WHERE…The Elk Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Sawatch Range, Gore Range, Rabbit Ears Range, Medicine Bow Mountains and Never Summer Range *WHEN…Expect very dangerous avalanche conditions to begin Saturday evening and last through Monday evening in the North and Central Mountains. Very dangerous avalanche conditions start on Sunday in the Southern Mountains. *IMPACTS…Heavy snow and strong winds will create dangerous avalanche conditions by Monday night. Large and dangerous avalanches will be easy to trigger once the new snow accumulates. 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-Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for 1/2- 1 inch of snow. Temps will rise to around freezing today. The trough is currently off the coast of CA and moving our direction. Upper-level winds are currently out of the west, but will be switching to the SW, pumping in lots of moisture on Sunday and Monday. The tricky part of the forecast is Sunday, when warm air moves in ahead of the trough and associated cold front. Snow levels will be wobbling around 7500 feet and temps could reach the low 40’s during the day. It is very possible that those of you living below 7500 feet could see mainly a snow mix and cold rain on Sunday until the trough and cold front move through after sunset. By Sunday night the snow levels drop to under 7000 feet, so everyone should see snow Sunday night and Monday. Best odds for heavier snow totals will be Sunday night through Monday morning. Highs on Monday will be in the upper 20’s to low 30’s.
This will be a heavy, wet snow event, so there could be power outages and some tree branches snapping due to the snow. It would be a good time to check your generators and other power backup plans.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for snow showers. Highs in the upper 20’s to low 30’s.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with lows in the single digits and highs in the upper 20’s to low 30’s
Here is my snowfall forecast from Saturday night through Tuesday morning.
-Valley: 7500 feet and below: 5-10 inches of snow with 0.10 to 0.20 inches of rain on Sunday.
–Valley: Above 7500 feet. 8-14 inches of snow.
Check out my Pagosa Peak Cam (myearthcam.com) for watching hikers, bikers and of course, the weather.