Tuesday Morning Update

3/21/23 Tuesday 7:15 am

I have no other information on the why 160 closure from Pagosa Springs to  Wolf Creek other than the closure occurred at midnight and crews started work at 6 am. Rumor has it the east side of the pass is now open for skier traffic only from South Fork.

Most areas are in a bit of a lull right now, it won’t last long. Precipitation will fill back in over the next couple to several hours depending on your location. This next wave is warmer and wetter and more convective. Snow levels should rise slightly today likely to around 8,000 feet. However, convective activity can enhance snowfall rates and lower snow levels so don’t be surprised when that happens.

The other factor is the winds. The upper-level jet stream is going to move over the area later today, and then it will intensify for about 36 or more hours. This will lead to very windy conditions and intense rates of snowfall over the passes resulting in more closures. Vehicle travel will be severely impacted

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