In & Out Like a Lion….
Update 10 PM:
Storm is strengthening quickly as it approaches the coast. Heavier snow is already pushing into the basin faster than expected. This could push up the totals as the main storm is tomorrow.
Udpate 5 PM:
Snow quality was amazing today, almost too deep. Reader Reports is updated. Lake level amounts being reported anywhere from 6 inches in Incline Village to 18 inches in Truckee & South Lake.
Storm moving in is tilted negative with a South flow which will keep most of the snow along the crest until Sunday morning. If this storm were slightly further North and we were getting what the Southern CA will get this would be a huge storm. Still we will get several feet on the mountains with the snowfall forecast from this morning looking to be on track through Monday.
From this morning:
Feels just as good as January Pow this morning. Resort Totals page is updated as of 6 a.m., the resorts measure around 5 a.m. Resorts along the crest on the North End of the lake got hit hardest with 27-32 inches in the past 24 hours. South and East of the lake totals of 12-20 inches. Reader Reports will be updated when I get back from testing the product!
That brings the 7 day resort totals to 5-7 feet so far, and we could double that over the next week. Alpine, Sugar Bowl, Boreal and Kirkwood have all now broken 600 inches on the season, Squaw & Sierra should as well by the end of the week. I heard a report from Alpine yesterday that they are digging under the lifts to keep the chairs from dragging on the snow.
Snow showers should lighten today and into tonight. Should pick up around 3-6 inches today above 7000 ft. and 3-6 more tonight. At lake level the temps will be just above freezing today and the strong sun, so only expecting a couple inches at best. A better chance of accumulation tonight.
Main low is bombing out off the coast by tomorrow morning. That will bring the return of heavier snowfall by morning. With the Southerly flow the temps will come up a little tomorrow during the heavy part of the storm making the snow little thicker, but the temps stay below freezing on the mountains. We could see 6-12 inches at lake level and 1-2 feet above 7000 ft. during the day.
Snow tapers to showers Sunday night and Monday with light accumulations. Monday night the core of the low off the coast passes over and brings one last shot of several inches. Total liquid from today through Monday night is still 2-3 inches on the models. Still expecting an additional 1-2 feet at lake level, with 2-3 feet above 7000 ft., and 3-4 feet along the crest by Tuesday morning. That will bring the storm totals to 3-6+ feet on the mountains, & 10 day totals to 7-10+ feet.
Tuesday is our one day break before another series of strong cold storms hit us. On Wednesday the first wave moves in bringing several inches and then a strong storm for Thursday into Friday brings several feet. A third storm moves in over next weekend. We could pick up another 3-5+ feet Wed-Sun on the mountains and a couple more feet at lake level. Stay tuned for updates……BA
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