NWS snowfall looks good for most of the Colorado mountains!
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Friday – 27 Oct 2023 – 4:30pm
At Stevens Field the high temperature yesterday was 61 and the low this morning was 31. Humidity bottomed out yesterday afternoon at 28%.
The peak wind at Stevens Field yesterday afternoon was 26mph.
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|59||73 / 1910||22||8 / 1913|
Precipitation summary… The last measurable precip for most of us was on 3 Oct.
The Trail Springs fire, Mill Creek 2 fire, and Bear Creek fire are all active.
There is nothing on radar in our area this afternoon.
*** Tomorrow’s Halloween Hootenanny will be blustery with mostly cloudy skies, gusty winds, and scattered showers. ***
*** Wolf Creek Pass could be slick by sunrise tomorrow. ***
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Southwest San Juan Mountains above 9,000ft for 5-10” of snow between midnight tonight and 6pm on Sunday. ***
Friday night, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday… The first trough will move through Saturday and then the main trough will move through our area Sunday night. We’ll catch the southern end of the moisture band and the storm energy.
We’ll see more clouds and a chance for spotty showers starting early Saturday morning to early Monday morning, especially over the mountains. The best chance for precip is Saturday morning and then again Saturday night to late Sunday evening. Showers could linger over the mountains into Monday morning.
Most of Monday will be partly cloudy, dry, and chilly.
Snow levels… Will fluctuate between 9,500ft and 10,000ft into Saturday evening. They’ll drop to 8,500ft by sunrise on Sunday and then bounce around between 7,500ft and 8,500ft to Sunday evening. As moisture decreases late Sunday evening, the snow level will drop below 6,500ft.
Mountains above 9,000ft: 4-8”
Valley above 8,000ft: up to 1” – it will be spotty
Valley below 8,000ft: a few snowflakes
Winds… Saturday afternoon gusts will be 25-30mph out of the southwest. Sunday afternoon gusts will be in the 15-20mph range and then Monday afternoon gusts will be around 15mph.
Temps… Saturday highs will be near 50 to the high 50s and lows will be in the high 20s to high 30s. Sunday highs will be in the mid-40s to low 50s and lows will be in the mid-teens to mid-20s. Monday highs will be in the low to high 40s and lows will be in the low teens to low 20s.
Tuesday through Friday… High pressure will build back over the southwest US and force storms to track to our north. We will see lots of blue skies with occasional patches of clouds and a warming trend.
Winds… Afternoon gusts will be around 15mph.
Temps… Tuesday and Wednesday highs will be in the high 40s to mid-50s and lows will be in the mid-teens to mid-20s. Thursday and Friday highs will be in the low to high 50s and lows will be in the high teens to high 20s.
I’ll do another post tomorrow.