Finishing With a Bang….
Front edge of the storm and cold front yesterday split as it hit the Sierra. It began to snow heavily for a couple hours and then the storm ripped in half and the sun came out here at the lake in the afternoon. The best energy went to our South which is why Kirwood ended up getting 12-16 inches. Resorts on the crest like Alpine and Squaw picked up 4-7 inches and Sugarbowl 2-4 inches. Here at the lake we picked up and inch or two that quickly melted as the sun came out.
The center of the low is now stalled over the CA/NV border and will sit and spin there all day moving slowly Southeast. This will keep it cold today with highs in the 20′s and 30′s. It will also trigger snow showers all day and into tonight. This afternoon and tonight we may see some heavier bands of snow develop on the North side of the low as it moves over Tahoe. On radar you can already see this band forming to our North. This could bring some accumulating snows even to the lake level, especially tonight after the sun goes down as the sun can keep snow from accumulating even through the clouds this time of year. Snow showers should begin to taper off on Thursday. Models are showing 6-9 more inches possible on the mountains with the snowshowers and snow bands by tomorrow. Only expecting a few inches at best down at lake level.
The sun returns for the weekend with temps back into the 50′s. It will be short-lived once again however as another similar cut-off storm moves down the coast next Tuesday-Thursday. This will bring a return of colder air and snow to the mountains. Looking long-range it looks like we may finally see a break from storms the first week of May, and some above normal temps by the second weekend in May. BA
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