Most resorts received another 10-16 inches in the last 24 hours and it is still coming down hard. Getting reports from North Lake of 10 inches this morning. The heavy snow should last through the morning until after the cold front moves through between now and noon. As the Arctic front passes we could see snowfall rates of 2-3 inches an hour for a couple hours and whiteout conditions. Snow tapers to showers this afternoon. Could see another 5-10 inches at lake level & 10-15 inches on the mountains today. Some resorts are closing in on 100 inches for the week. Tomorrow I will post percentages of annual average as we will be around 25% of average annual snowfall already. That hasn’t happened in over a decade! Keep the snow reports & pics coming, they are great. The resort totals page is up to date.
Cold Arctic air is behind the front today and will drop temps into the teens and 20′s this afternoon. Stars come out and temps drop into the single digits tonight for some great snowmaking to firm up the powdery snow. In town record lows below zero may be set the next couple nights. Highs tomorrow don’t get out of the teens and 20′s.
Beautiful weather for the Thanksgiving holiday with temps back into the 30′s for Thursday and Friday with sunny skies and deep snow.
Saturday a storm approaches and should bring a return of snow by Saturday night. This storm looks to be measured in inches instead of feet. Not enough consistency on the models but 3-6 inches at lake level and 6-10 inches above 7000 ft. is a good guestimate right now.
Next week it looks as if the ridge builds in enough to keep storms just to our North. With the negative NAO and AO the cold will want to dive into the East Coast for most of December so a ridge will try to form over the West. The strong jetstream in the Pacific will have to battle with that. We should see some storms dip in and get us throughout the month. Looking at long-range models there is a storm possible around the 6th.
In January the atmospheric pattern should shift and what we saw this week should indicate what we will see a lot of in the heart of the winter. 125% of average was my call this year, and with 25% of average already on the ground we have a good start. BA
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