All of the resorts picking up another foot or more from storm #5 yesterday and last night. That puts most of the resort over 6 feet for the week with a few breaking 7 feet. Got another 5 inches at the lake bringing the total over 3 feet for the week. These amounts are almost exactly what was forecasted before the week began, and almost exactly the same as the storm cycle we had the second week of December. If you remember the forecast was for up to 4 feet at lake level, 6 feet above 7000 ft., and up to 8 feet in spots along the crest.
Today the storm is moving away but plenty of cold unstable air and a moist flow off the ocean will keep the snow showers going throughout the day, and become more scattered tonight before ending. We could see another 3-6 inches around Tahoe depending on where the snow showers occur. There is a band of precip coming onshore this morning near San Francisco which may cause one more brief period of heavier snow this afternoon.
Looking like mother nature will take the weekend off before getting started again Sunday night into Monday with the next storm. This storm looks pretty weak right now with maybe 6-12 inches of snow. The models have been very inconsistent with totals so we will have to watch over the weekend. Another storm is right on the heels of this one for Tuesday-Wednesday. This storm is stronger and right now models show around 1-2 feet. These will be warmer storms with all snow for the mountains, but heavier wet snow that will help to solidify the nice base we got this week.
Storms then look to become more space with another storm for next weekend and then one every few days. Still watching the possiblity of another snowy period of storms to develop the first week of February. Stay tuned……BA
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