One More Warm One…
The cold front blasted through a lot faster than expected yesterday morning and there was a sharp cut-off to the precip behind it. We ended up picking up about half of the expected snowfall with the resorts picking up 6-12 inches up top in the past 24 hours.
Resort Totals page is updated through this morning. 4 day storm totals were 3-4 feet of snow at the summits. That is with 6-8+ inches of liquid so snow:water ratios were really low with some rain mixed in too. That is 3-4 feet of snow that doesn not pack down very much and was a great base builder. The resorts are now reporting 3-4 feet of solid base at the summits.
Season totals are now over 100 inches for the resorts on the West side of the lake. The average of all the resorts is 26% of the annual snowfall averages so far at the summits. That is a great start to the season, we just need to get the base elevations caught up.
The next storm moves in as early as Tuesday afternoon with light rainfall. The snow levels will start pretty high up above 8,000 ft. The heaviest precip looks to fall during the day on Wednesday but it’s not really that heavy and the snow levels should stay pretty high until coming down near 7,000 ft. Wednesday afternoon as the precip ends. We could see 3-6 inches above 8000 ft. along the crest and a few inches above that in the basin.
Then the ridge builds in off the coast of CA out around 140w. This is normally a pattern of inside sliders with shots of cold air. There is plenty of cold air up to our North in Alaska. We could see the first shot of colder air Sunday and another the middle of next week. It will bee a cooler and drier pattern for at least 10 days after Wednesday’s storm.
I mentioned below in yesterday’s post about the stormy weather possibly picking up again around the 17th and beyond. If you scroll down I also posted the forecast maps from the CFS showing the wet weather increasing again for weeks 3 & 4. Until then not much good news in the way of big snows for the next 2 weeks.
We should have all the numbers for November by tomorrow so I will put out a monthly recap. What a great start to the water year! I had a reader report 10.8 inches of liquid at their weather station in Squaw Valley just from this storm. BA
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