Weather updated Friday, January 8 2021
Dry conditions continue into the New Year
As a recap, on December 28 and 29, the season's second most productive snow storm gave us 7” of cold, low density powder at 10,800 feet. Strong post-frontal northeasterly winds redistributed much of this, and no doubt sent some of it skyward back into the atmosphere. Cold temperatures and a few flurries rounded out the week as another dry low pressure system passed close by.
Looking ahead, a cold front will move through the area on Saturday bringing windier and colder conditions. The weather will stabilize throughout the week, but temperatures, although warming slightly, will remain overall cold. The jet stream continues to travel north of the southwest as a high pressure system settles in. There is little chance of precipitation in the coming week.
Snowslide SNOTEL reports 11” of snow at 9,730’ on Friday, January 8th. Since Friday, January 1st Snowslide SNOTEL low temperatures have ranged between 11°F on January 1st and 29°F on January 4th, while highs have ranged from 29°F on January 4th to 46°F on January 6th. ASBTP station is currently not operational. Between the same period, the new Grand Canyon Express weather station (AU373) at 10,767' reported a maximum temperature of 38°F on January 6th, with a minimum of 13°F on January 1st. So far this winter we have had a total of 34” of snowfall at 10,800 feet.