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Temps are getting cold at night and most of the green has faded from the high tundra
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The first accumulating snow fell on the high peaks, above about 11k, earlier today. Looks like about a trace to a half inch on Wheeler and Kachina. There is a chance for more tonight, then again Wed-Thur later this week.
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We had a couple good shots of rain on the mesa last night, looks like it didn't hit the mountains or temps warmed a bit up high and it rained up there. Pulled this pic from the TSV website a couple minutes ago;
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The ground's probably still warm, too.
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Wheeler, the peak west of Simpson, and Sin Nombre got dusted last night. Probably Lake Fork too but we couldn't see it from where we were. Most of the snow melted during the afternoon, a couple shaded gullies were still holding by nightfall.
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Cloud cover ceiling is about 9300' at 9am. There are some isolated snowflakes falling amidst the heavy fog around treeline and above, ground temps are still too warm for any accumulation with the amount of precipitation that is landing. The first big snow event of the season may happen in a couple days, the NWS is forecasting heavy rain Wednesday and snow Wednesday night above 9k.
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Snowline is down to about 10,300' this morning. From there up amounts range from a dusting to a few inches on the highest elevations, above 13k. Snow and lower elevation rain continues today. Temps are in the upper 30s down low and upper 20s to low 30s up high.

Earlier this morning

Vallecito from the west;
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Cañoncito;
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Hondo Canyon;
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From the Highline Ridge webcam at 10:25;
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Snowline was below 9k on Vallecito early this morning;
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Pueblo Peak;
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It was a chilly morning, below freezing in most areas;
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That last picture is awfully pretty.
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Bob wrote:That last picture is awfully pretty.
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Nature provides the light! :idea:
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Vallecito this morning, looks pretty wintery
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We drove over Chama Pass last night between 10 and 11, it was seriously dumping. Visibility was 20-100 feet most of the way, above 9k snowflakes were thick and heavy, we could barely see the lines on the road for about 10 miles, and there was a cow in the road at one piont. Accumulated depth was 3-4 inches when we crested the pass, and decreased gradually to nothing about a mile before the ranger station where it was raining. When we drove the other way on Monday there was a widespread area holding about an inch of suncrusted snow around Hopewell Lake, up and over the summit a little ways. I don't know if this layer is still present, but I would bet that it didn't melt entirely during the few days between storms, given day and night temp readings during that time.
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Yesterday morning snowline was down to about 9200'
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Looks a bit deeper on the higher slopes on Wheeler from the webcams
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The recent storm (November 4-5) brought up to 15 inches to this region, with the deepest amounts on north and east facing terrain near and slightly above treeline. Lower elevations received more modest amounts, about 7 inches in Amizette. There was some wind during the storm and when it moved eastwards out of the mountains, creating drifts up to 30 inches deep in places. Layers are present, as of yesterday morning there weren't any indications that the previous storms' layers were beginning to facet, with the cold nights (low 20s in the lower elevations and upper teens higher up) the past few days and forecast for the near future we will see the snow begin transitioning soon.

This pic was taken yesterday morning from near Kachina Road in TSV;
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Hoar frost at the top of Chama Pass, two mornings ago. This was widespread throughout the southern San Juans at least as far north as Wolf Creek
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Spotted tracks on Kachina yesterday morning;
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