Reader reports are in and the page is updated. As of this morning 2-3 feet are being reported around the lake and even 10 inches in NW Reno. Highest amounts so far are in Truckee. Forecast still on track with the heaviest snow moving in later this afternoon with the front. Winds will also pick as the front moves closer. Then the front stalls through tomorrow. After 6 weeks of sun it doesn’t feel real….

From 6 am:

Resort Totals page is updated as of 6 a.m. Resorts are reporting 24 hour snow totals of 2-3 additional feet, bringing storm totals into the 3-5 foot range. The 24 hour totals fell just a few inches shy of the biggest 24 hour snow totals this season back on Nov. 20th, so this was the second biggest snowfall day this season. The resorts are now in the 80-90% range of annual average snowfall. Northstar should surpass their average today.

At lake level I was getting reports last night of around 2 feet and then it snowed all night, so we should be in the 2-3 foot range as of this morning. Please send in your storm totals including your location and elevation. We are now halfway through the 6 day storm and there is a lot more snow coming!

We have an interesting storm pattern developing for today through Saturday. First off we will see the heavy snow move in a little earlier than expected as it arrives this morning with the low strengthening off the coast. The storm will drag another front through Tahoe today and then that front is going to stall tonight over the area. Tomorrow the front will tilt perpendicular as energy pushes into Southern CA so the flow will be more from the South than the West. Then as the low rotates East into Nevada tomorrow night and Saturday the moisture flow will wrap around from the East. That will aid in bringing decent snow totals to Reno and Carson as well Friday and Saturday.

I will break down the projected snow totals pretty simple since we should pick up around .5-.75 inches of liquid every 12-18 hours. At lake level 5-10 inches today, 5-10 tonight, 5-10 Friday, & 5-10 Friday night into Saturday will add up to another 1.5-3 feet by Saturday. Above 7000 ft. 10-15 inches today, 10-15 tonight, 10-15 Friday, & 10-15 Friday night into Saturday will add up to another 3-5 feet by Saturday. 5-6 day storm totals by the time we clear out on Sunday should be in the 3-5 foot range at lake level and 5-9 foot range above 7000 ft.

Things clear out on Sunday and the next storm for Monday and Tuesday is still trending far enough off the coast that we only see clouds and maybe a few flakes. Another inside slider storm for Wednesday and Thursday will bring cold and maybe some light snow showers. Next week looks to be more cold than snowy with mostly off and on snow showers throughout the week.

The following weekend the ridge, that is pushed a little East in the Pacific next week by a strong low, looks like it will redevelop back out around 160w South of the Aleutians. That would bring the return of stronger storms with more moisture and over water trajectory. Stay tuned…….BA

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