The snow-covered mountains made an appearance shortly before the sun set. – Pic taken 11/18/2023
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Sunday – 19 Nov 2023 – 9:20am
At Stevens Field the high temperature yesterday afternoon was 51. The low this morning was 32. Humidity bottomed out yesterday afternoon at 39%.
The peak wind at Stevens Field yesterday afternoon was 22mph.
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
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Precipitation summary… Finally some measurable precip! It was a cool, damp Saturday afternoon. That will help our fires.
Wolf Creek reported 2” of new snow this morning.
*** Many of us will see snowflakes today! ***
*** Driving conditions will be sketchy on Wolf Creek Pass Sunday through Monday morning. ***
*** Roads could be bad across the region late Thanksgiving night and Friday. ***
Sunday through Monday morning… The second trough will move through Monday morning. It will have more moisture, more storm energy, and colder air. It’s unstable enough to trigger a thunderstorm or two – thundersnow! The best chance for precip is noon to 11pm Sunday.
Scattered snow showers will linger through Monday morning, mostly over the mountains.
Sunday to late afternoon: 7,500ft to 8,000ft
Sunday after sunset: dropping to 6,500ft
Snow amounts Sunday morning to Monday morning:
Valley below 7,500ft: up to a half inch
Valley above 7,500ft: up to 1”
Winds… Gusts will be in the 15-20mph range.
Temps… Highs Sunday will be in the high 30s to mid-40s and lows will be in the high teens to high 20s.
Monday afternoon through Thanksgiving afternoon… Ridging will rebound along the coast and dry, upper-level northwest flow will prevail. Monday afternoon through Wednesday we’ll see lots of blue sky, a warming trend, and no precip.
Clouds will increase Thanksgiving afternoon ahead of the next system.
Winds… Gusts Monday morning and afternoon will be around 20mph. Peak winds Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon will be in the 10-15mph range.
Temps… Monday highs will be in the low to high 40s and lows will be in the low teens to low 20s. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thanksgiving highs will be in the high 40s to mid-50s and lows will be in the low 20 to low 30s.
Thanksgiving night to Saturday afternoon… The next system is trying to line up. There is still a lot of uncertainty with the forecast models, so I don’t trust the details. However, with an influx of visitors and travelers for Thanksgiving, I want to provide a rough planning forecast.
One thing I’m confident about… Cold air will be in place and precip will be mostly snow.
Timing… The chance for snow will ramp up late Thursday night and remains high through Friday. Scattered snow showers could linger into Saturday morning.
Rough first guess snow amounts:
Winds… Peak winds will be in the 15-20mph range.
Temps… Highs will be in the mid-30s to low 40s. Lows Friday night will be in the mid-teens to low 20s.
Mark will take over tomorrow.