Forecasters say Santa could bring a respite from the week’s wet weather to Durangoans this year.
“It really should be nice weather for Christmas,” National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Ramey said Thursday.
In the meantime, the Colorado Department of Transportation was still doing avalanche mitigation and plowing Red Mountain Pass Thursday night, keeping the pass closed for a second night. Even though the sun is shining, travelers should check CDOT’s website, www.gotrip.org, to see if the pass has opened. Coal Bank, Molas and Wolf Creek passes were all open Thursday night.
While fog and low cloud cover will likely linger over the Durango-area valley early today, the sun is expected to make an appearance this afternoon, Ramey said.
Higher elevations, including areas around Durango Mountain Resort, will be sunny and beautiful most of the day, he said.
The sun also will be around to brighten Christmas in both the valleys and the mountains. But by Sunday afternoon, light snow is possible. That’s especially true for people in the San Juans, because of a small disturbance that’s expected to pass through Sunday afternoon and evening, Ramey said.
Rain showers could move in as early as Wednesday and stick around into the New Year.