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Following the snow, mild weather ahead

Following significant snowfall early last week and again over the weekend, Pagosa Country weather patterns have since quieted down. And, according to the National Weather Service, things will remain relatively mild through Tuesday.

By press time yesterday, local weather guru Toby Karlquist reported 12 inches of Pagosa Lakes snowfall in the previous seven days, seven of which fell in the most recent storm. With a 16.5-inch base on the ground, Toby has now recorded 38 inches of powder at his Twin Creek Village weather station this season. According to the Western Regional Climate Center, the San Juan River Basin had seen 95 percent of its normal annual precipitation by Dec. 16.

The Wolf Creek Ski Area, meanwhile, reported a 79-inch midway base yesterday, with no new snow in the previous 48 hours. In the seven days prior to yesterday, however, the area received 29 inches of powder, with seven feet reported over a seven-day period last week. To date, 168 inches have fallen on Wolf Creek this season.

Needless to say, 100 percent of Wolf Creek terrain is open to skiers and snowboarders, with excellent untracked powder reported on Alberta and in the Knife Ridge area.

The National Weather Service is calling for mostly clear, sunny skies through Monday, with daytime highs reaching the low 40s. Nighttime lows will bottom out in the low teens and winds will remain negligible.

Tuesday will bring a slight cooling trend under partly sunny skies. Tuesday’s high should reach 35, while the low will drop into single digits.

chuck@pagosasun.com