Happy New Year! – Pic taken 1/1/2023
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Sunday – 1 Jan 2023 – 10:45am
At Stevens Field the high yesterday afternoon was 34. The low this morning was 32. The peak wind at the airfield was 5mph.
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|34||59 / 1981||0||-20 / 1991|
Precip summary… Light snow fell on and off most of yesterday. Folks over 8,000ft reported 1-2”.
Today through tomorrow afternoon… A long “river” of Pacific moisture will funnel up against our mountains and bring a good round of precip. Unfortunately it will also bring some slightly warmer air. Snow levels will be around 7,600ft until early evening and then drop pretty quickly.
Precip will ramp up during the afternoon and fall on and off through tomorrow afternoon. Occasional heavy bands of snow will cause near white-out conditions.
Valley below 7,600ft: 5-10” – most of this will fall tonight and tomorrow morning
Valley above 7,600ft: 8-14” – heavy wet snow this afternoon followed by powder tonight
*** Travel conditions above 8,000ft will deteriorate this afternoon. Travel conditions will worsen across much of the region through this evening. Keep a close eye on CDOT for travel conditions. ***
*** The Pueblo NWS has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the eastern San Juan Mountains above 10,000ft for up to 2ft of snow and winds gusting to 45mph valid until Monday at 5pm. This includes Wolf Creek Pass. ***
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the San Juan River basin which includes Pagosa Springs. Expect 3-6” of snow with locally higher amounts. It’s valid 6pm today to noon on Monday. ***
*** An AVALANCHE WARNING has been issued for the San Juan Mountains valid until Monday at 11pm. Large and dangerous avalanches are likely. ***
*** Heavy wet snow could cause power outages and break tree limbs. ***
Monday evening through Tuesday evening… We’ll see a slow clearing trend as the system moves east. Scattered snowshowers will linger, especially over the mountains.
Valley: 1-3” but it will be spotty
Wednesday through most of Thursday… A ridge will move through. We’ll see more sun and there’s just a slight chance for spotty snowshowers, mostly over the mountains. The lucky spots in the mountains could get an inch.
Have your cameras ready Wednesday morning. Our Pagosa Country winter wonderland could be on full display!
Thursday night through Friday… The next system will move through. It won’t have much moisture, so my expectations are low.
My next post will be tomorrow.