Durango and La Plata County saw some moisture early Saturday afternoon, as a storm system brought snow showers to the area. Not much of it stuck around, but that’s likely to change after sunset.
“We have this very slow-moving low pressure system that is going to impact the area through the rest of tonight and into tomorrow,” said Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. “Roads are just pretty wet right now with the warm temperatures, but as we get into the overnight hours, we’re expecting the snow to start sticking.”
Chain laws were in effect for commercial vehicles on Wolf Creek Pass about 5 miles east of Pagosa Springs on U.S. Highway 160 through mile marker 176, three miles east of Wolf Creek Pass.
“For the San Juan Mountains we have a winter weather advisory in effect until 6 a.m. Monday,” Stackhouse said. “We’re looking at total accumulations of 8 to 16 inches, with some higher amounts possible especially above or at timberline. And with this system we are expecting some gusty winds at times, with gusts of up to 40 mph possible.”
The NWS is forecasting a high of 44 degrees Sunday.
The weather is expected to clear up on Monday, with a high of 51 degrees, but don’t jump the gun and put away your snow boots and winter coats quite yet.
“After this system finally moves out of the area early Monday, we have a brief ridge of high pressure bringing drier conditions Monday night, and then we have another system coming in quickly on Tuesday, most likely bringing the best chance of precip Tuesday night, Stackhouse said.