Monday’s Pollen Forecast And Winter Storm Update

4/11/22 Monday 12:50 pm

We are reaching the time of year when I start running out of things to talk about locally. Fortunately, there are usually a few late-season storms to talk about. This morning the severe weather outlooks were a hit, so I am going to incorporate that into the mix. I wanted something else to talk about locally when there were no storms.

After several sneezy afternoons over the last several days, it hit me–pollen. Why not do pollen updates so people like me who are sensitive to pollen, know what to expect.

Here are today’s pollen forecasts. I have broken them up into the southern forecast areas and northern forecast areas. The maps are very easy to read. Below the maps show various colors. Pollen is rated on a 0 to 5 severity scale.

No color is 0: Green is 1:  Light green is 2:  Yellow is 3:  Orange is 4:  Red is 5

This early in the season the primary allergen is tree pollen, specifically, juniper tree pollen. The other tree pollens are insignificant at this point. Here are the pollen forecasts for today.

Pollen forecast for the southern forecast area

Pollen forecast for the northern forecast area

If you are new to the site, I also cover smoke forecasts during wildfire season.

Storm Update

The models are still showing precipitation breaking out overnight with snow slowly working south.  In many of the mid and lower elevations, this is not going to be a big precipitation producer. The winds tonight and tomorrow will be the big story.

The higher elevations and the passes will all be highly impacted tonight and tomorrow. High wind gusts and moderate to heavy rates of snowfall will hamper travel overnight and tomorrow through mid to late morning. After that, the snow will continue but be much lighter. We may see a lull in the afternoon before light snow showers redevelop Tuesday night. A wind advisory goes into effect from 3 pm this afternoon through Tuesday morning for the entire forecast area.

Here are the latest forecast models showing the total liquid precipitation forecasts through Wednesday.

NOAA NDFD

NOAA WPC

GFS

There may be some snow in the lower elevations but I don’t anticipate it accumulating more than an inch at best. The mid-elevation areas above 7,300 feet could see 1 to 3 inches before melting. I expect 2 to 5 inches for the mid-elevation areas above 7,800 feet with slightly more possible in Ouray.

6  to 9 inches for subdivisions around Purgatory:  Silverton in town:  Southern La Platas and Telluride in town.

8 to 12 inches of snow for Coal Bank, Red Mountain, Lizard Head, Wolf Creek, and the northern La Platas.

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