California slammed again with rain and snow this past weekend

After several years of drought, California is experiencing a huge winter for moisture so far, especially in the month of January.  Heavy rain and snow this month is helping to replenish water tables and reservoirs, and is making snow-thirsty skiers very happy with the first above-average snow season since 2010-2011.  A series of moist Pacific storm systems have hit the Golden State this January, the latest of which brought more heavy snowfall to the Sierra Nevada Mountains this past weekend.  Mammoth Mountain Ski Area has now received 246″ of snow in January, shattering it’s all-time monthly record for snow (in any month!), the previous record of which was 209″.

Here are some of the most recent snowfall totals as reported on Monday morning, January 23rd by NWS Reno spotters.

  • Heavenly Ski Area – 30″ in 24 hours (88″ in 5 days)
  • June Mountain – 60″ in 48 hours
  • Mammoth Mountain – 41″ in 48 hours (300″ base at the summit!)
  • Incline Village – 20″ in 24 hours (67″ in 5 days)
  • Sugar Bowl Ski Area – 24″ in 24 hours
  • Northstar Ski Area – 29″ in 24 hours (96″ in 7 days)
  • Squaw Valley Ski Area – 29″ in 24 hours (97″ in 7 days)
  • Mt. Rose Ski Area – 20″ in 24 hours
  • Homewood Ski Area – 21″ in 24 hours
  • Tahoe City – 17″ in 24 hours
  • Homewood – 17.8″ in 24 hours
  • Boca Reservoir – 12″ in 24 hours
  • NWS Reno – 7.6″ in 24 hours

Snowiest January on record in Alamosa

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.

Colorado Preliminary Snow Totals – January 15-16, 2017

A powerful low pressure system lifted northeast from far southern New Mexico into the Great Plains, with wrap-around moisture bringing light to moderate snow across the I-25 corridor in Colorado from late Sunday night through Monday morning.  As of mid-morning Monday here are some of the preliminary snowfall totals across eastern Colorado as reported by National Weather Service local storm reports.  Overall, this has been a minor event for most of Colorado while farther east, parts of Oklahoma and Texas experienced a very damaging ice storm.

January 15-16 Preliminary Snow Totals:

  • 7.0″ – Trinidad
  • 6.0″ – Walsenburg
  • 6.0″ – Lakewood West
  • 5.0″ – Arvada
  • 5.0″ – La Junta
  • 5.0″ – Lamar
  • 4.7″ – Denver
  • 4.5″ – Castle Rock
  • 4.0″ – Alamosa
  • 4.0″ – Monument
  • 4.0″ – Westcliffe
  • 3.5″ – Nederland
  • 2.2″ – DIA
  • 2.0″ – Colorado Springs
  • 2.0″ – Pueblo


Extreme wind event for Colorado Springs and parts of the Front Range

A major downslope wind event occurred along the eastern slopes of Colorado’s Front Range today, with the highest wind gusts occurring in the Colorado Springs area, where widespread gusts in the 70-100mph range caused damage across the city.  The highest wind gust of 101mph was reported on the southwest side of the city, with a wind gust of 80mph occurring at the Colorado Springs Airport – the highest gust every recorded at this location.  Widespread power outages occurred across the city, along with downed trees, blown off roofs, and blown over vehicles.  A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 8pm Monday evening.  The strongest winds occurred earlier today, but strong wind gusts will still continue through the early evening hours.  High winds also impacted parts of Boulder County in and near the foothills.  Here are some of the higher wind gusts reported in Colorado today.


Monday January 9, 2017 Wind Gusts

  • 101 mph – SW Colorado Springs
  • 99 mph – Manitou Springs
  • 94 mph – Colorado City
  • 88 mph – Louisville
  • 87 mph – Gold Hill
  • 84 mph – Higbee
  • 79 mph – Eldorado Springs
  • 78 mph – Air Force Academy

Daily Record Snowfall set in Pueblo and Alamosa

A storm system on Thursday January 5, 2017 produced impressive snowfall amounts across southeast Colorado, with Pueblo and Alamosa both receiving record snowfall for the date.  Pueblo picked up 6″ of snow at the NWS location, and Alamosa received 6.3″.  These are two of the drier areas of Colorado during the winter months, but an arctic airmass combined with overrunning Pacific moisture and a powerful jet stream overhead combined to produce heavy snowfall bands across this region.  The Sangre de Christo Range in particular picked up very heavy snowfall amounts, although reports are sparse in this rugged mountain range.  Here are some of the snowfall totals reported spotters across southeast Colorado on January 5th.

  • 10.7″ – Rye
  • 9.0″ – Colorado City
  • 7.6″ – NW Alamosa
  • 7.2″ – Walsenburg
  • 7.0″ – Westcliffe
  • 7.0″ – Canon City
  • 6.3″ – Alamosa
  • 6.0″ – Pueblo (NWS office)
  • 3.1″ – Colorado Springs Airport



Preliminary Snow Totals for Colorado and Central Rockies

A powerful storm system impacted the Central Rockies from Utah through Colorado and the southern half of Wyoming on January 4th-5th, 2017, resulting in impressive snowfall amounts across the region, most notably across the higher terrain but also in the the Denver, Boulder, Salt Lake City, and Cheyenne metro areas.  Here are some preliminary storm total snowfall amounts as of midday Thursday January 5th for Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.


Front Range/Eastern Colorado

  • 23.0″ – Arapahoe Basin
  • 22.5″ – Allenspark
  • 22.0″ – Eldora
  • 20.0″ – Winter Park
  • 19.0″ – Nederland
  • 18.0″ – Loveland Ski Area
  • 13.3″ – Estes Park
  • 11.7″ – Boulder (NWS office)
  • 10.0″ – Arvada
  • 8.7″ – Ft. Collins
  • 8.0″ – Longmont
  • 6.0″ – Downtown Denver
  • 6.0″ – Greeley
  • 5.0″ – Aurora
  • 4.0″ – DIA


Western Colorado

  • 28.0″ – Steamboat Ski Area
  • 28.0″ – Monarch
  • 25.0″ – Crested Butte
  • 20.2″ – Leadville
  • 18.0″ – Wolf Creek
  • 16.0″ – Gunnison
  • 15.0″ – Coal Bank Pass
  • 9.1″ – Steamboat Springs



  • 27.0″ – Beaver Mountain
  • 24.0″ – Brighton Ski Area
  • 20.0″ – Deer Valley
  • 10.0″ – Logan
  • 9.0″ – Bountiful
  • 6.4″ – Vernal
  • 6.0″ – Ogden
  • 4.7″ – Salt Lake City



  • 41.0″ – Snowy Range
  • 28.7″ – Buford
  • 17.0″ – Commissary Ridge
  • 10.1″ – Cheyenne
  • 10.0″ – Laramie
  • 8.1″ – Rawlins
  • 8.0″ – Star Valley

Broncos Game Day Forecast

The Denver Broncos will host the Oakland Raiders today in Denver and the weather will be nice!  Below is the Denver Broncos Game Day Forecast:

Temperatures will warm to above normal this afternoon making for nice outdoor conditions.  Highs will reach the upper 40s to around 50 under sunny to mostly sunny skies this morning becoming partly to mostly cloudy late in the day as a storm system passes to our south.  Any moisture associated with the system will remain well to the south of the Denver Metro area with dry weather for today.  Winds will begin from the S/SW and become NE sometime this afternoon.  Wind speeds will generally be less than 10mph and should not have much if any impact on the game.  GO BRONCOS!!! 

Alamosa Colorado Breaks Daily Record Precipitation!

If you don’t already know Alamosa is in the middle of the San Louis Valley and is basically a high elevation “desert”.  Alamosa does get very cold however, as they are surrounded by large mountains in every direction except for the south where the Rio Grande River flows into New Mexico.  As of 5pm on 12/22/2016 Alamosa has reported 0.25″ of moisture from 2.7″ of snow and more snow will likely be coming before midnight tonight to solidify this record further.  The daily precipitation record breaks the old record set back in 1981 of 0.24″.  We need the rain/snow/whatever in this part of the state whenever we can get it!    

Colorado Snow Pack Back to “Normal”… For Now Anyway.

After a very slow start to the snow season December has produced plentiful snows for the mountains of our state.  After this last storm on Friday into Saturday the snow pack in the high country is now at 108% statewide.  With a dry period coming up our snow pack will decease on a % basis as every day without snow the averages climb as we are right in the middle of our accumulating snow season but only about a month ago it looked like “normal” snow pack in the mountains was a far reach.  Snow totals are still below normal for most areas from Fort Collins to Trinidad even after this last storm but it finally looks like winter around here!  


Broncos Game Day Forecast

After a cold start to the day temperatures will be warming into the upper 20s possibly reaching the low 30s briefly this afternoon.  There will be abundant sunshine through the day with sunny to mostly sunny skies.  Winds will be light and variable, less than 5mph.  Temperatures will begin to decrease after 3pm as sunset approaches with readings likely in the teens by 4pm or shortly after.  After the game is over temperatures will be dropping into the single digits by 6-7pm.  GO BRONCOS!!!