Light Snow Returns To The Northern San Juans This Weekend

A quick-moving storm in NW flow will clip the northern portion of our forecast area on Saturday. This should result in 2-5 inches of snow for the Hwy 550 passes as well as Telluride and Silverton. A heavy flurry could bring 1-2 inches of snow to Purgatory. It could but I would not hold my breath. Wolf Creek could pick up a dusting on Saturday afternoon.

For lower elevations, cool temps and wind will be the main story on Saturday. On Sunday temps will stay in 40s in the lower elevations but the winds will calm down.

The models are still trying to figure out what is going to happen next week. The best bet is for a ridge to move back over the area leading to slightly above average temperatures.

Looking ahead to Thanksgiving week, there is a lot of model uncertainty. The long term global ensemble models are projecting a trough returning to the western US. The uncertainty lies with how far east the trough will extend. This could result in zonal flow or a potential storm. It’s too early to tell, but it is encouraging that the models see the ridge collapsing after next week.

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