Measurable snow possible next week

As folks in the northern and central Colorado mountains watch passing storms pile on the snow, we in the southern San Juans are basking in relatively mild and sunny conditions.

For now, it appears the trend will continue.

Interestingly, as recent storms have passed the southern mountains by, Wolf Creek still holds its own in terms of accumulated base and percentage of open terrain. By yesterday’s morning report, the area boasted a 22-inch base, with five of seven lifts open, serving 100 percent of skiable terrain.

On average, December brings 1.78 inches (or 21.2 inches of snow) to the area, but the first few days of this month have been dry. Unfortunately, it appears the next several will be more of the same.

Today should bring partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies, with moderate west winds and daytime highs in the low to mid-40s. Tonight will remain partly cloudy, with moderate northeast breezes and lows in the single digits to lower teens.

Tomorrow through Tuesday, skies will remain clear to partly cloudy, with negligible winds and seasonal daytime temperatures in the mid-40s. Early morning lows will dip to the lower and middle teens.

According to the AccuWeather.com long-range forecast, the next chance of measurable snow in the Pagosa Springs area will arrive toward the middle and latter part of next week. Of course, that’s a long way off and things can change, but it won’t hurt to keep our fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, enjoy early-season skiing under Colorado blue skies.

chuck@pagosasun.com