Snow levels ruined the forecast at lake level, but the resorts did pretty good. Check out the resort totals tab. Most of them getting the lower end of the forecast with an area wide average of 11-18 inches, but still plenty and it was thick so a good base builder. Not sure what happened at Sugar Bowl? Two heavier bands set up in the evening just North of the lake and you can see the higher totals in the resorts that got the band like Squaw, Alpine, and Northstar. Got around 6 inches at my house which is on a small hill on the North end of the lake at around 6500 ft. By the time I got down the hill to the lake there was about 2 inches, so probaby a two day total of 4 inches at the lake. Snow levels stayed just above lake level until the very end of the storm. Most of the snow fell with the frontal band which came through between 2 and 6 a.m. Light scattered snow showers could add light accumulations in spots this morning.

Ridge quickly moves in with highs in the 40′s by tomorrow and near 50 on Friday with plenty of sun.  The pattern change begins to take shape on Saturday.  The next storm is the first in a long train of about 6 storms in a 10 day period.  The first storm on Saturday will fall apart as its job is to move the ridge out of the way opening the storm door, and to moisten the atmosphere.

First big storm arrives Sunday night.  Early for snow totals but at least 2 feet looks to be possible for the first storm Sunday into Monday.  Not much of a break before the second storm for Tues/Wed, and then the third storm for Thurs/Fri.  That will be followed by the fourth storm on Sun/Mon and the fifth on the Tuesday the 26th.  It is going to be a snowy ten days.  Just going to have to watch the exact track of each storm for snowfall amounts, but either way we will get snow from each storm.  The best part is that all of the storms will be cold with snow levels below lake level, so significant accumulations all the way down to lake level.

The MJO will be slowly wandering into the Western Pacific and strengthening over the next two weeks.  Meanwhile the NAO is not forecasted to go strong negative anytime soon forming any blocks.  There may be a bit more space between storms going towards the end of the month but teleconnection forecasts point towards the storminess continuing into February.

Stay tuned the next few days as the exact storm tracks and snow totals of next weeks storms become more clear.  BA

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