Good storm! – Pic taken 2/23/2023
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Friday – 23 Feb 2023 – 10:00am
At Stevens Field the high temp in the last 24 hours was 25. The low was 16 around 8pm last night. Winds at the airfield peaked at 23mph.
Storm 2 started off yesterday morning looking good and then stalled to our west. That impacted my wind forecast for the valley but winds were still howling up at Wolf Creek. The peak wind on the Lobo Overlook/Wolf Creek summit sensor hit 71mph at 6am this morning.
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|44||60 / 1981||10||-25 / 1909|
Precipitation summary… Wolf Creek reported another 19” in the last 24 hours and 42” for a storm total. In the valley three-day storm totals range from 5.3” to 20”.
As of this morning these are the highest CoCoRaHS snow depths in Colorado…
65.5 just north of Crested Butte
65” near Purgatory
57” near Steamboat
52” our own Hillary near Chromo!
43” our own Arleen in O’Neal Park!
42” our own Mark near Hatcher Lake!
Here’s the LINK to the CoCoRaHS map for snow depth.
Our nearby river basins have the best snowpack in Colorado – we’re well above average! More details on that tomorrow.
Rest of today… Storm 2 is winding down… What’s left of the trough is moving through this morning. Most of the snow will be done by noon. A few scattered snowshowers will persist over the mountains through Friday afternoon. Clouds will break up this afternoon. We should be treated to an incredible view of the mountains and a pretty sunset.
*** There is a WINTER STORM WARNING for the southwest San Juan Mountains valid until 5pm this evening. ***
*** The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an AVALANCHE WARNING valid until Friday at 5pm. Large and dangerous avalanches will be easy to trigger. ***
*** Have your cameras ready around sunset! Clouds should scatter and we’ll get our first look at the mountains after days of being hidden by clouds and snow. ***
Winds… Winds this morning are gusting to around 25mph in the windy parts of the valley. Winds will decrease through the day. By mid-afternoon winds will be 10-15mph and will be less than 10mph by sunset.
Temps… Today the sun will come out and warm us up a bit. Highs will be in the low to high 30s and lows will be in the low teens to low 20s.
Additional snowfall in the valley 9am to noon: up to an inch
Additional snowfall in the mountains 9am to mid-afternoon: 3-6”
Saturday… We’ll see more sun, temps will be warmer, and winds will be lighter. For folks who want to get out and enjoy the snow in the valley, warm temps and lots of sun will turn our snow into peanut butter by late morning so get out early!
Temps… Highs will be mid to high 40s and lows will be mid-teens to mid-20s.
Winds… We could see a few gusts into the 15-20mph range during the afternoon, otherwise winds will be less than 15mph.
Sunday… The next system will move through with more clouds and another round of snow. This storm will move through quickly and won’t have much moisture. Snow amounts won’t be impressive but unfortunately strong winds will cause blowing snow and poor visibility. The best chance for snow is sunrise to mid-afternoon. Snowshowers will linger over the mountains into the evening.
Temps… Highs will be in the low to high 30s and lows will be in the mid-single digits to mid-teens.
Winds… Peak gusts will be in the 35-45mph range during the middle of the day as the system moves through. Winds in the mountains will gust 55-65mph.
** Falling snow and blowing snow will cause periods of poor visibility and bad driving conditions mid-morning to mid-afternoon. **
My snow forecast…
Monday… There is a short lull between systems. We’ll have partly cloudy skies and light winds.
Winds… Expect a few gusts in the 10-15mph range during the afternoon.
Temps… Highs will be in the mid-30s to low 40s and lows will be in the high single digits to high teens.
Tuesday through Thursday morning… Another system will move through. The models are still all over the place with timing and snow amounts – there is a lot of uncertainty. Forecast models this morning vary from the Euro with 3”, NBM 6”, and GFS with 15”. Right now I’m leaning towards the low end of those amounts.
My next post will be sometime tomorrow.