San Juan Mountains Weather: Like Variety? Spring In The San Juans


If you compared snow accumulation with dust from yesterday’s storm, there is probably 1″ of mud. The ferocious winds carrying desert grit did a lot of damage to our snowpack that will help melt our Snow Bank prematurely this spring.  The weather this week into Thursday looks like a spring mix. Wind/snow/rain/sleet with occasionally warm temps & clearing skies.

By tonight the jet will push the next low pressure trough into Colorado on SW flow with precipitation favoring the central & northern Colorado mountains leaving the San Juans warm and windy with possibly another round of dust, but not like yesterday’s event.  The NW trough will be the weather producer through Thursday, morphing from a closed-low to an open trough bringing the SJ’s unsettled spring action with more wind and some moisture.

The mountains received more wind than snow out of this storm. An unhealthy dose of dust accompanied the ferocious south winds yesterday, late afternoon into the evening. Wind speeds have decreased, but remain gusty. Yesterday 1 hour averages ranged from an amazing 50-61 mph with several hours of gusts into the 90s and a peak gust of 102 mph.

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