Cimarrona Peak trying to pop through a snowshower this morning – Pic taken 2/13/2023
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Monday – 13 Feb 2023 – 4:50pm
At Stevens Field the high temp this afternoon was 47. The low this morning was 19. The peak wind at the airfield this afternoon has been 27mph.
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|42||58 / 1957||7||-29 / 1940|
Precipitation summary… No measurable precip was reported this morning, but a few showers have moved through parts of the county today.
Rest of today through tomorrow morning… The first system is moving through. Scattered showers and even one thunderstorm has already moved through today. A wintry mix of a few raindrops, a few snowflakes, and quite a bit of graupel have been observed. That trend will continue until the snow level starts coming down around sunset.
Periods of snow will fall until midnight and an isolated thunderstorm or two is also possible. We’ll have a brief break between midnight and tomorrow morning though scattered snowshowers will linger over the mountains.
*** The Pueblo NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the eastern San Juan Mountains, which includes Wolf Creek Pass. The advisory is for 6-12” of snow valid until 2am Tuesday. ***
Highs will range from the high 30s to low 40s and lows will range from the mid-teens to mid-20s.
Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening… If you like snow and can watch it from the comfort of your cozy home, you’ll like this system!
*** Tuesday afternoon and evening are going to be nasty with occasional heavy snow, gusty winds, blowing snow, and near white-out conditions. ***
Occasional moderate to heavy snow will continue into Wednesday morning but thankfully the winds will weaken. Snowfall will start tapering off late Wednesday morning and then scattered snow showers will persist into Wednesday evening, especially over the mountains.
Highs on Tuesday afternoon will be in the high 20s to mid-30s and lows will be range from the low teens to low 20s.
Temps will be colder Wednesday with highs in the low to high 20s. Low that night are tricky to forecast and highly dependent on cloud cover. I expect clouds to persist through most of the night which will keep temps a little warmer with lows -5 to 10. If clouds clear out, those lows will be 10 degrees colder.
Winds Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening will gust into the 25-35mph range out of the southwest, and then drop to 10-20mph after midnight.
Patchy fog will form over low-lying areas Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the San Juan River Basin which includes Pagosa Springs. The warning is valid from noon on Tuesday to 6pm on Wednesday. 6-14” of snow is expected with locally higher amounts. Winds to 35mph are also possible. ***
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the southwest San Juan Mountains for 1-2 feet of snow with locally higher amounts and winds to 45mph valid from noon Tuesday to 6pm Wednesday. *** I’m confident that Wolf Creek will be at the top of that snow range and will see winds over 50mph along the ridge-line.
*** The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an AVALANCHE WATCH valid from 5pm this evening to 5pm Wednesday. Expect very dangerous avalanche conditions to develop. Large and dangerous avalanches will be very easy to trigger. ***
Thursday and Friday… Ridging will build over the region, so we’ll be dry and see fewer clouds.
Temps on Thursday will still be chilly – 10-15 degrees below average. Highs will be in the mid-20s to low 30s and overnight lows will range from -10 to +10.
Temps will warm at least 10 degrees on Friday with highs in the mid-30s to low 40s. Overnight lows will range from -5 to 15.
Winds will peak in the 5-15mph range each afternoon.
Next week looks active… The forecast models are all over the place but indicating an active week. Right now I don’t see anything that’s organized and I’m not getting a warm fuzzy. It looks like a pesky multi-day period of on off light precip, but I have very little confidence in how it plays out.
My next update will be tomorrow in the early afternoon.