Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter Strom has Ended... Have a Great New Year!!!

The Winter Storm that has been affecting us the past couple days has ended.  12 to 14 inches of snow has fallen in Pagosa Springs, 2 to 3 feet in our mountains.   Furies can be expected in Pagosa with little accumulation, 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the mountains.  Temperatures will be cold, and wind chill values are extreme.  Avalanche Danger is high, meaning Natural and human triggered avalanches are likely.  Roads will be continue to be icy, so please drive slowly and carefully.
IMPORTANT...Please keep your vehicles parked at least 5 feet out of the road's right-of-way so that the snow plows can finish their work.  Vehicles left in the right-of-way will need to be moved and may be towed.

For road conditions, please see www.cotrip.org

If you are venturing into the backcountry, it is very important to visit avalanche.state.co.us and read the current information. 

This will be the last post for this storm.  We are expecting cold, but good weather this next week.  Have a great New Year and if you are visiting please travel safe home.

This is the first time we have used this web page for an emergency event.  We will be continuing to enhance this service and as well as other local notifications service.  Please send your comments and suggestions to cschmidt@archuletacounty.org.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Storm In Progress... 2 to 4 inches expected tonight

The National Weather Service has decreased the amount of snow we are expecting tonight. The front has passed, although the associated low pressure is still currently over us, bands of intermittent snow will continue to effect us most of the night. Winds have decreased and should remain light in town.  The winter storm warning should expire at 6 am Friday.

The mountains will continue to get snow through tomorrow.  5 to 9 additional inches is expected.  Winds will continue to be gusty and Avalanche Danger Extreme.

Major Winter Storm In Progress: More Snow Still to Come

The moister the National Weather Service thought we were going to get this morning, missed us and went just east of the continental divide.  Currently a band of drier air has moved into the area, we have even seen a little sun.  With the low still sitting off to our west, bands of snow will continue intermittently throughout the afternoon.  The National Weather Service is still saying 6 to 12 new inches of snow by Friday morning.  Temperatures will be dropping throughout the afternoon and roads once again will become very icy.

Major Winter Storm In Progress: Snow to intensify again around 11am

Currently there is 12 inches of new snow in Pagosa Springs and almost 2 feet in the surrounding mountains.  We are seeing numerous vehicles sliding off the road.  DRIVERS NEED TO SLOW DOWN.  If you must travel, drive slow, leave ample following distance, and take a survival kit.

The National Weather Service is expecting snow to intensify again in Pagosa Springs and the surrounding mountains around 11am.  Heavy snow will continue through early afternoon.  Another 6 to 12 inches can be expected in Pagosa Springs by Friday morning.  The majority of this snow is expected to fall today. Winds will also increase slightly through the afternoon.  Occasional gusts to 40 mph could be seen in wind prone areas around Pagosa Springs.  The mountains are expecting another 10 to 19 inches of snow with 30 mph winds; gusts can be expected to 45mph.  Should the power go out, please tune to KWUF 1400 AM or KSUT 88.1 FM for emergency information.

IMPORTANT...Please keep your vehicles parked at least 5 feet out of the road's right-of-way so that the snow plows can do their job.  Vehicles left in the right-of-way will need to be moved and may be towed.

For road conditions please see www.cotrip.org

Backcounty conditions are currently extreme.  There is an active AVALANCHE WARNING in all of the mountains surrounding Pagosa Springs.  Natural and human triggered avalanches are likely in the backcounrty for all elevations and aspects. Conditions are very dangerous.   If you are venturing into the mountains, it is very important to visit avalanche.state.co.us and read the current warning.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Major Winter Storm In Progress: Heavy Snows to continue until late Thursday Morning

The National Weather Service has updated their forecast for the Pagosa Springs area.  Snowfall totals in town could now top 20 inches.  Heavy snows are expected to continue until mid to late morning.  Lighter snow will then continue all day.  Currently 8 inches of new snow is on the ground at Steven's Field off of County Road 600.

Major Winter Storm In Progress: Limit Vehicle Travel Through Thursday Morning

A major winter storm continues to affect Pagosa Springs and the surrounding mountains.  The Archuleta Sheriff and Emergency Management caution residents and visitors to limit road travel through Thursday morning.  We are seeing numerous vehicles sliding off the road.  If you must travel, drive slow, leave ample following distance, and take a survival kit.  The National Weather Service is predicting 10 to 12 inches on the ground by that time.  Storm total could be as high as 18 inches in Pagosa and three feet in the sounding mountains.  Should the power go out, please tune to KWUF 1400 am or KSUT 88.1 fm for emergency information.

IMPORTANT...Please park your vehicles 5 feet out of the road's right-of-way so that the snow plows can do their job.  Vehicles left in the right-of-way will need to be moved and may be towed.

For road conditions please see www.cotrip.org

Back county conditions are currently extreme.  If you are venturing into the mountains, it is very important to visit avalanche.state.co.us for the current avalanche conditions.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Major Winter Storm Wednesday through Thursday

The Town of Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area will be receiving 
its first major winter storm of the season.  Pagosa could see 10 to 18 
inches of snow by Friday morning.  The mountains could see as much 
as 3 feet.  Please prepare today.
For road conditions please see www.cotrip.org.
If you are venturing into the back county, it is very important to visit 
avalanche.state.co.us for the current avalanche conditions.
The National Weather Service issued the following WARNING at 4pm 
Tuesday for the San Juan River Basin, including Pagosa Spring:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS 
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND 
BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY 
TO 6 AM MST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER 
IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...THE ONSET OF SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED EARLY 
WEDNESDAY INCREASING IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY BEFORE DIMINISHING LATE 
FRIDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE 
FROM 6 TO 12 INCHES...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS...BY 
FRIDAY EVENING.

* SNOW LEVEL...SNOW LEVEL IS EXPECTED TO BE AROUND 5000
FEET WEDNESDAY LOWERING TO ALL VALLEY BOTTOMS THURSDAY.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH SHIFTING TO THE 
NORTHWEST THURSDAY NIGHT.

* VISIBILITY...COULD FREQUENTLY BE RESTRICTED TO LESS 
THAN A MILE IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS...MANY HIGHWAYS...STATE...AND LOCAL ROADS 
COULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED BY THIS STORM. ROADS 
WILL LIKELY BECOME SNOWPACKED AND ICY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF 
SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS AND 
BLOWING SNOW ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE 
TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.