Weather updated on Thursday December third
Dry, cool and windy conditions characterized last week. A stubborn pattern has us situated between a sharp high pressure ridge to the west, and a cold, dry low pressure system descending southward to our east. Rather than snow we have been left with brutally cold, dry northeasterly winds. On Wednesday night December 2, wind gusts were predicted to reach 70 mph on San Francisco Peaks. Little Spruce station at 9,730’ reported gusts to 67 mph around 11 pm on Wednesday night.
Thankfully, calmer moderate weather will unfold during the weekend and into the coming week, with night time low temperatures in the teens, and daytime highs around freezing at 11,000 feet. No obvious precipitation is on the immediate horizon. However, precipitation may pick up with a potential pattern change later in the week. Models are showing a closed low arriving around December 10, followed by a reasonably strong trough a couple of days later. Forecasting so far in advance is always uncertain and storm trajectory and potency may change.
Snowslide SNOTEL reports 7” of snow at 9,730 feet on Thursday December third. Since Friday November 27 Snowslide SNOTEL temperatures have ranged between 42°F on November 28, 30 and December 2 and 7°F on December third. ASBTP station is currently not operational. Between the same period, Little Spruce station (ASBLS) at 9,730’ reports a maximum temperature of 48°F on November 28, and a minimum of 15°F on December second.