Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

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Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:04 am

Dusting to about a quarter inch near and above treeline this morning. This was a Winter storm in appearance ~ strong southerly flow of moisture brought the first accumulating snow of the season in this region along a south-north cold front as it moved east, driven by a low pressure system currently spinning above northern Utah and a hurricane (Maria) spinning several hundred miles east of Florida. Temps at treeline dipped into the upper 20s during the night and are currently hovering right around freezing at 7am.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:08 am

Good chance for accumulating snow this afternoon through Thursday, in the higher elevations :D
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby lobojasper » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:02 am

:D <3
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:47 am

Looks like up to about an inch near and above treeline, all the high peaks are white this morning. Storm dynamics look good for the next 36 hours, and the NWS keeps upping their snowfall predictions. Time to start thinking about layers, and how this storm snow may affect the snowpack in the future if it doesn't melt.

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:11 am

Another 1 - 2 inches accumulated yesterday evening and last night, with lighter amounts sticking to cold surfaces down to about 10k.

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby Rick » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:48 am

JBella wrote:Time to start thinking about layers, and how this storm snow may affect the snowpack in the future if it doesn't melt.


Nice photos JBella. Let us know whether the snow is melting or not.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:23 am

Accumulated snowfall totals from the September 26-30 storm were about 8-10 inches in the Wheeler Peak region, above treeline. I saw some pictures friends took yesterday as they hiked Wheeler via the William's Lake basin, looked like about 4-6 inches on the ground near the top of the peaks, and some cornice type features a foot+ on lee aspects. Most of the snow below 12k has melted, above treeline north and easterly aspects will likely stay cold enough to hold snow until the next storm cycle. Good chance for precipitation tomorrow and Thursday although it looks like temps will be above freezing into the high alpine.

The recent storm cycle that affected northern New Mexico was interesting ~ it was a Winter storm with moderate snowfall in the higher elevations, yet it was also very monsoon-like in character. Afternoon heating fueled the storm cells which dropped rain and snow throughout the evenings and nights, and the mornings would warm and clouds would swirl and lift as the moisture evaporated into the atmosphere. Storm cells would grow and develop then drop rain and snow again in the later hours of the days. The October 1-3 storm was more like a pure Winter low pressure system, it snowed significantly in the San Juans and throughout central Colorado north yet barely graced the farthest northern reaches of New Mexico.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:32 pm

Light freeze last night above 8k. Very little snow with the storms Wednesday and Thursday nights, temps were too warm for snow below about 12,5k.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:43 pm

I forgot to post this on October 19th, strong storm the night before in central and northern Colorado produced several inches in that region, we got mostly wind and light rain as the southern reaches of the storm dusted the high peaks above 12-12.5k around Taos

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby danshorb » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:37 am

October 22,
We ridgewalked Williams Basin and saw some north facing snow still left from what Jared reported earlier. Although Sin Nombre and others had some snow parts, Not much is left. Northern bowl of Lake Fork, and associated ridges have some small pieces that may be contri iting factors to start zone weaknesses, but generally wouldnt be a factor on their own.
Old Mike is the exception to this and should be one to watch out for as snow falls again. It had significant remnants, and what we encountered was completely refrozen hardpack. Unless this melts away, this will likely create a bed surface to check for in certain areas/lines on the north face.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:36 pm

Dusting with this storm ~~~ well defined freeze line this afternoon was about 10,700' Temps in and around the village were in the upper 30s most of the day.

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:48 pm

Light dusting on the high peaks, looks cold with high humidity and temps in the mid 20s above treeline.

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:18 pm

Storm totals 1-4 inches. Going back to the bike trails for the next week at least.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:58 am

Taos Range from US Hill overlook, November 9th.

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