Roads across the region are slick this morning. – Screen capture of Wolf Creek Pass cam 12/1/2023 at 9:21am
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Friday – 1 Dec 2023 – 10:00am
At Stevens Field the high temperature yesterday afternoon was 40. The low this morning was 29.
The peak wind at Stevens Field yesterday afternoon was 10mph.
|Record High / Year
|Record Low / Year
|65 / 1906
|-12 / 1975
Precipitation summary… So far, snow has favored the southern half of the county. Wolf Creek reported 4” of new snow this morning.
*** The Grand Junction NWS has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the South San Juan Mountains for 5-10” of snow with higher amounts on south or southwest facing slopes. It’s valid until 11pm Friday. This advisory does not include Pagosa Springs. ***
*** Warmer, sunny, and dry next week. ***
Friday through Saturday night… Today moist, upper-level flow ahead of the trough is from the west. In our area, this will favor the southeast part of Archuleta County and Chama. Flow will switch to northwest tonight behind the trough which will cut most of our precip off.
Saturday moist northwest flow sets up, turning on the snow machine for the central and northern mountains, especially the Steamboat area. In our area, we’ll see spotty snow showers mostly along, and on the other side of The Divide into Sunday morning.
Timing… Off and on snow showers will persist into Friday night. For the valley, accumulating snow will be done by midnight tonight. Spotty snow showers will linger into Sunday morning over the mountains, but additional snow accumulations will be minimal.
Additional Snow amounts by tomorrow morning:
Pagosa area: 1-2”
Chromo/Chama area: 3-6”
Winds… Peak winds will be in the 20-25mph range.
Temps… Highs Friday will be 30 to 35 and lows will be in the low teens to low 20s. Highs Saturday will be in the high 20s to mid-30s and lows will be in the low single digits to low teens.
Sunday through Thursday… Sunday clouds will decrease, and snow showers will end over the mountains as drier northwest flow takes over. The ridge will continue to build through Wednesday leading to lots of sun and a warming trend. We’ll see a few more clouds Thursday as the ridge weakens and moves to our east, but we’ll stay dry and warm.
Winds… Afternoon peaks will be 15-20mph on Sunday, 10-15mph on Monday, and 5-10mph on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Temps… Sunday highs will be in the mid-30s to low 40s and lows will be 0 to 10. Monday highs will be in the low to high 40s and lows will be in the low teens to low 20s. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday highs will be in the high 40s to mid-50s and lows will be in the mid-teens to mid-20s.
I plan to do the November Summary/December Outlook later today. My next forecast post will be tomorrow.