An inside slider moving down the East side of the Sierra this morning enhanced snow showers for a few hours.  With temperatures in the teens and 20-25:1 snow ratios, several inches of powder has piled up quickly around the Basin.  We picked up a quick 7 inches this morning out front here at 6750′ in TD bringing the storm total to 18 inches.

The snow showers will diminish in intensity by mid-morning and we should start to see breaks of sun into the afternoon.  A lake effect snow band off of lake Tahoe has been firing right over Rt. 50 extending East to the South side of Carson City, so there could be quite of bit of snow accumulating in that area.

Some of the resort totals are in and the Resort Totals page is updated to reflect that. As expected the biggest totals yesterday and the totals of 2 feet are from Squaw/Alpine over to Northstar as a heavy snow band fired over that area for several hours yesterday. The other resorts are in the 10-20 inch range.  It’s blower pow so not much help with base building but the resorts have been firing the snow guns.

We will clear out and warm into the 40′s tomorrow and the 50′s next week.  The next storm looks like it will dive down off the coast and split into a cut-off low, and then be pushed inland Thu-Fri by the next upstream system.  That should bring us some light rain and snow with snow levels hovering near or just above lake level.

The next storm is the one we are watching.  The models are not in as much agreement today with some having the trough not dig as deep and push it through next weekend with a decent shot of snow.  Others dig a deep trough pulling in lots of moisture but put a negative tilt on it  and some even have the low cutting off and not coming inland until the beginning of Thanksgiving week.  Either way the storm will have to come inland at some point and we should see snow right before Thanksgiving, how much will have to be fine tuned this week.

The stormy pattern should continue through the end of the month so it looks like right now that the early start to the snowfall in a weak El Nino state theory is playing itself out this season.  Stay tuned….BA

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