This morning’s GFS was full of all kinds of goodies including snow in L.A. on the 13th. While I doubt that is going to happen it does show that once this retrogression of the ridge begins all that cold in the East wants to come West as La Nina finally wants its turn in the West. Here is a quote I think you’ll like today from long range forecaster Joe Bastardi, “You folks in the West get ready… though a couple of weeks away, a month’s worth of winter may make up for the lack of it in the past few weeks”. 10 day precip maps are looking a little more prominsing already.

The models continue to give a the storm for Sunday a little more moisture off the Pacific. You can see the storm on the satellite spinning off the coast. It’s a cold storm so snow levels will not be an issue. Expecting the snow to move in as early as Saturday night and last through Sunday. Initial guestimate is going to be 3-6 inches at lake level with 6-9 inches above 7000 ft, and up to a foot on the crest. This is turning into a nice little storm to refresh the stale base.

Next week we have a back-door cold front moving in from the Northeast. That should reinforce the cold air into mid-week and maybe bring some light snow showers. Best chance for snow would be backwards with Mt. Rose and areas East of the lake more favorable but only a dusting.

This may be the beginning of the end for our friend the ridge that has made its home along the West coast for the past month. The ridge has already retrograded Westward allowing the storm in for this weekend and should stay out to at least 130w next week and then weaken. By next weekend we should see blocking form in the Gulf of Alaska which will at first allow plenty of cold into the West week 2 and some snow. Eventually the jetstream should come underneath so hopefully it is game on by the second week of February. Stay tuned……BA

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