Snowpack for the state is currently at 68%.
Wednesday – 3 Jan 2024 – 5:15pm
The average high for December is 39 and the average low is 5. The record high of 70 occurred on 3 December 1906. The record low of -35 occurred on 19 December 1909. Precip averages 1.89″ in December with 22.6″ of snow. Wolf Creek Pass averages 4.42″ of precip and 78.7″ of snow.
The high temperature at Stevens Field for December was 53 on 6 Dec and the low temperature was 6 on 10 and 26 Dec. The cold spots got down to the negative mid-single digits a couple of times.
How did we do?
Snowpack and Drought…
Precip total for 2023…
The average high for January is 37 and the average low is 2. The record high of 59 occurred on 1 January 1951. The record low of -42 occurred on 13 January 1963. Precip averages 2.08″ in January with 26.4″ of snow. Wolf Creek Pass averages 3.67″ of precip and 76.1″ of snow.
And what do we expect?
Arleen is the expert, and this is what she says…
Finally, the gate is opening! We will see a series of several storms move through during the first half of the month. It will slow down a little the third week in January but pick up again the last week. The Arctic Oscillation is going negative and allowing cold air to ooze into our area. It will be SNOW for everyone without a fear of rain. The MJO has also increased intensity for the 1st time in months. Towards the end of January or beginning of February, the MJO should help enhance systems as they move through the region. With the help of the El Nino, the moisture in the Pacific is open for business and we’ll see more than average snow this month.
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