A “drive-by” front and low pressure moved through around noon, reducing visibility to a quarter of a mile for a while.
Sunday – 26 Feb. 2023 – 4:15pm
At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 45 and the low this morning was 18 degrees. Humidity bottomed out at 45%. Our high today was 41 degrees before the front moved through and winds at the airfield gusted to 33 mph at 11:55am.
Precipitation summary…There was no precipitation to summarize yesterday, but so far today, I found about a 1/2 of an inch of snow on my white snow board and as of 2pm, Wolf Creek Ski area recorded 2 inches of fresh snow…that will likely increase by tonight. Fortunately, because the roads and sidewalks were relatively warm, very little of the snow accumulated. I will do a complete update on snow totals on Monday morning.
Pagosa Springs historical data
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|45||70/ 1986||11||-21/ 1942|
Caution…watch out for avalanches!
If you are planning any backcountry skiing, be very careful, as avalanches are happening. This one near Lake Vallecito killed two skiers yesterday.
The low pressure that has been sitting off the coast of California for the past several days, started moving quickly east this morning, and arrived here around noon, giving us some snow and wind gusts to 33mph as the low and the associated cold front moved through our area. This system will continue moving east, giving the plains a chance for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes this evening. From the Storm Prediction Center: “A derecho is forecast with widespread damaging winds and embedded swaths of significant severe gusts from 80-110 mph, centered on parts of Oklahoma this evening into tonight. Embedded tornadoes are anticipated as well, with the greatest potential for strong (EF2-EF3) tornadoes across southwest Oklahoma this evening.”
As the first storm exits, the bigger system with a deep trough will start quickly moving into our area by late in the day on Tuesday. Look for wind and snow to start ramping up in the afternoon making travel challenging in Pagosa Springs and very difficult at Wolf Creek Pass. Advisories and Warnings have not been issued yet, but I would imagine by Monday afternoon, we will see some issued by the NWS.
Look for snow showers on Wednesday, heavy at times, along with blowing snow, as winds gust to 40mph. This system moves through by Thursday morning, leading to partly cloudy skies, with only a slight chance for snow in the morning.
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: Mostly cloudy with a few lingering snow showers. SW winds winding down to 15-20mph around sunset. Temps dropping into the single digits and low teens overnight.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the low to mid 30’s. Winds SW 10-15mph with gusts to 20mph.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, windy, with snow showers off and on during the day. SW winds 15-25 with gusts exceeding 40mph. Blowing snow will make traveling a real challenge at Wolf Creek Pass with winds gusting to 60mph up there. Highs in the low to mid 30’s and lows in the teens. 1-2 inches of snow for the valley and 5-10 inches of snow for the mountains.
Tuesday Night–Wednesday Night: Cloudy with snow showers, heavy at times and blowing snow. Lows in the teens and highs in the upper 20’s to low 30’s. SW winds 15-25 mph with gusts to 40mph. 5-10 inches for the valley and 10-20 inches for the mountains.
Thursday-Morning snow showers. Becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. Lows in the single digits and teens and highs in the mid to upper 30’s. 1-2 inches of snow for the mountains.
Friday: Mostly sunny with lows in the single digits to low teens and highs in the mid to upper 30’s.
Check out my Pagosa Peak Cam (myearthcam.com) for watching hikers, bikers and of course, the weather.