Time to enjoy the snow!

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A peaceful morning after the storm with some fresh snow on Pagosa Peak. Photo by Mark Langford

Thursday – 2 March. 2023 – 9am

The past…

At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 31 and the low this morning was 11 degrees. Humidity bottomed out at 80%. Winds gusted to 18 mph yesterday.

Precipitation summary: 24hr Snowfall totals from our COCORAHS reporters ranged from 1.7 inches to 7.4 inches. Storm total snowfall amounts ranged from 1.8 inches to almost 10 inches at Shawn and Arleen’s place!

Wolf Creek Ski area reported 17″ of snow in the last 24 hours, with a new storm total of 32″! Year to date is now 356 inches.

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24hr Snowfall totals from our COCORAHS reporters ranged from 1.7 inches to 7.4 inches.
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Storm total snowfall amounts ranged from 1.8 inches to almost 10 inches at Shawn and Arleen’s place!
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Thanks to the Springs Resort for sponsoring this storm.

Pagosa Springs historical data

Average HighRecord High / YearAverage LowRecord Low / Year
4560/ 198613-15/ 1913

Forecast discussion…

The upper-level low is now to our SW and moving east this morning. The low ended up tracking further south than originally forecast, so snow totals were on the lower end of what was forecast as well. Fortunately, our mountains did very well, with 32 inches of snow falling at Wolf Creek Ski area. This system will have a major impact on the weather later today and tonight, as high winds and severe storms are forecast in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisianna, Arkansas and Mississippi.

High pressure moves in and other than some light snow showers for our mountains over the next few days, look for a return to our perma-blue skies and beautiful early March weather. Our next storm is forecast to arrive late next week…the models are still sorting this one out, so I’ll wait until my next post on Saturday to make any guesses on how much snow may fall.

Shawn will post his February monthly summary this afternoon.

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As of post time, the upper-level low was SW of us, tracking east. The low took a more southern route than forecast, thus less snow fell in our area…even so, the mountains still did very well!

5-Day Forecast…

The rest of the day-Mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid 40’s. NW winds 10-15 with gusts to 20mph. 

Friday-Saturday: Mostly sunny with lows in the upper single digits to teens and highs in the mid to upper 30’s. SW winds 10-15 with gusts to 20mph.

Sunday-Tuesday: Mostly sunny with lows in the teens and highs in the low to mid 40’s. SW winds 10-15 with gusts to 20mph.

Check out my Pagosa Peak Cam (myearthcam.com) for watching hikers, bikers and of course, the weather.

-Mark Langford

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