The town of Alamosa, located in the typically dry San Luis Valley in between the San Juan and Sangre de Christo Mountain Ranges, has now set a January record for snowfall with 17.4″ through Wednesday January 18. And of course there are still almost two weeks left to go this month! This month’s snowfall breaks the old record of 15.8 inches set in 1939. Alamosa is known for being a cold, dry location with an average snowfall of just 4.1″ during January and an average precipitation of just 0.26″. However, this January has been exceptionally snowy across central/western Colorado as a series of moist, Pacific systems have impacted the high country, and the mountain valleys have been able to capitalize on this moisture as well. It will be interesting to see how much higher Alamosa’s snowfall total for January 2017 climbs through the end of the month.