Ready For Round 2?
Resort Totals page is updated as of the 6 a.m. reports. Resorts on the Northwest side of the lake picked up 9-20 inches as a band of heavier snow showers sat over that area most of the day yesterday. East side of the lake resorts only picked up 1-4 inches.
That brought the final storm totals for the first round of storms to 6-9 feet on the West side of the lake and 4-5 feet on the East side. The resorts along the crest are now at 10-13 feet in the past 9 days.
Reports from lake level of 3-9 inches in the past 24 hours with the heaviest snow on the North end of the lake. Lake level storm totals are anywhere from 2-5 feet depending on the location.
Snow showers fizzled out overnight as we lost the heating from the sun. Now we have a break today to clean up from round 1 as we await the next storm series that will begin tonight. Not much change from yesterday on the amounts through the weekend just the timing, so let’s break it down.
The snow should begin falling on the crest by midnight tonight with some overrunning moisture ahead of the main storm. The heavy snow pushes into all areas by Wednesday morning. The heavy snow will last all day on Wednesday with snow showers behind the front last through Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. The snowfall from this first storm should be around 10-15 inches at lake level, with 15-20 inches above 7000 ft., and over 2 feet on the crest.
No break in the snow as the next strong storm moves in by Thursday afternoon bringing heavy snow into Friday morning. The snow showers behind the main storm will last into Friday night. The snowfall from this second storm should be around 12-18 inches at lake level, with 18-30 inches above 7000 ft., and up to 3 feet on the crest.
Third storm is now forecasted to arrive faster now by Saturday afternoon lasting into Sunday morning. This storm is weaker than the first 2 storms. The snowfall from this third storm should be around 5-10 inches at lake level, with 10-15 inches above 7000 ft., and up to 20 inches on the crest.
Storm totals by Sunday morning will be around 2-4 feet at lake level with 3.5-5.5 feet above 7000 ft., and 5-7 feet along the crest. Basically we are getting a replay of the last 4 days over the next 4 days. With some resorts already hitting 100 inches over the past 4 days I guess I was way off on my forecast of a 100 inch week as some resorts will get close to 200 inches over the 9 days by Sunday. Many resorts along the crest will also be over 700 inches on the season.
Next week we look to have a break with a brush-by storm to our North on Tuesday and then a ridge with nice weather through Friday. The next chance of a storm is the first weekend in April. The long-range models look typical of spring with a fast progressive pattern, cut-offs, and inconsistency. This should be our last big storm series this week and then quick hits of snow going forward in April. Stay tuned……….BA
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