Run-off has started in the valley. This little stream near the Humane Society doesn’t usually look like this. – Pic taken 3/19/2023
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Sunday – 19 Mar 2023 – 3:30pm
At Stevens Field the high temperature in the last 24 hours was 38 and the low this morning was 22. There is still no wind data for the airfield. Our peak wind was 8mph yesterday around 9pm.
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|51||73 / 1907||16||-4 / 1917|
Precipitation summary… Wolf Creek reported 4” of snow this morning and another 3” this afternoon for a total of 7”. My precip forecast stunk yesterday. More snow fell than I forecast. What happened?
In my forecast yesterday I said 0 to a half inch in the valley and 1-2” in the mountains. I expected a trough to move through in the middle of the night, which did. The trough was weakening, and I expected there to be hardly anything left of it. However, the trough held together and kicked up more snow than I expected.
*** Monday morning through Wednesday evening we’ll have another “atmospheric river” event. This one will be our strongest. It will ramp up Monday morning through the evening, lull Monday night into Tuesday morning, and then ramp up again Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday afternoon. Things will finally taper off Wednesday evening. ***
*** Temps will be a little cooler but remain mostly above freezing so snow will be wet and heavy. Rain will fall at times in town. Be prepared for power outages, rising streams, and flooding in low-lying areas. ***
*** Travel conditions will be treacherous, especially over Wolf Creek Pass. At times visibility will be near zero with heavy snow and blowing snow. I expect Wolf Creek Pass to be closed at times. Make sure to check CDOT for current conditions. ***
*** The Pueblo NWS has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the eastern San Juan Mountains valid 9am Monday to Thursday at 6am. 2-4 feet of snow is expected with winds gusting to 75mph. This includes Wolf Creek Pass. ***
This evening to sunrise Monday morning… Clouds will increase and the chance for scattered showers will increase after midnight. Scattered showers will increase 2-6am tomorrow morning – first over the mountains and then over the valley.
Temps… Lows will be in the high teens to high 20s.
Snow by 7am tomorrow morning…
Around sunrise Monday through Wednesday evening… The next “atmospheric river” event will impact us. A whole bunch of moisture is headed our way. In town some will be rain, some will be heavy wet snow, and some will be a sloppy mix. In addition, an isolated thunderstorm or two is possible Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon.
Note… Precip is coming in a little earlier, so I adjusted timing. I also adjusted snow totals for the mountains.
Timing… Scattered showers will increase 2-6am tomorrow morning – first over the mountains and then over the valley. Precip will ramp up Monday after sunrise and fall moderately to heavily until midnight. Precip will decrease, and even stop at times, midnight through Tuesday morning. Then it will ramp up again and fall moderately to heavily Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday afternoon. Precip will gradually taper off through late Wednesday afternoon. The bulk of the precip will be done by Wednesday evening, but scattered showers will linger through Thursday afternoon, especially over the mountains.
Temps… Highs will be in the mid-30s to low 40s. Lows Monday night and Tuesday night will be in the high 20s to low 30s and then Wednesday night lows will be in the high teens to mid-20s.
Winds… Monday afternoon and evening winds will be 15-25mph and then decrease Monday night. Tuesday afternoon winds will peak in the 15-20mph range and then increase Tuesday night into the 20-30mph range. By late Wednesday morning, they’ll be in the 25-35mph range with peaks around 40mph in the windy spots into Wednesday evening. Winds will gradually weaken Wednesday night.
Snow levels… Will start Monday morning below 6,500ft and by Monday afternoon they’ll increase into the 6,900ft to 7,300ft range, and then decrease below 6,800ft Monday night. Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday afternoon they’ll bounce around between 7,000ft and 7,600ft. As moisture decreases Wednesday evening and precip becomes more scattered, the snow level will drop below 7,000ft.
My precip forecast…
Valley below 7,600ft: 1.50” to 2.00” of liquid equivalent and 6-12” of snow
Valley above 7,600ft: 1.75” to 2.25” of liquid equivalent and 12-20” of snow
Mountains above 9,000ft: 36-54” of snow!
My next forecast post will be tomorrow.