Resorts are reporting another 2-6 inches in the past 24 hours up top from the last wave of moisture that pushed through. Check out the Resort Totals page. We have about half of the resorts still open in the month of May to report snow totals. Should be getting the updated tally from the Snow Lab today as well.

The sun is out this morning and it will stay out with warming temps for the next few days. The average high temp for this time of year at lake level is around 58 degrees. We may hit 50 today at lake level but Wednesday and Thursday we will be into the 50′s getting close to average. Above 7000 ft. we will be in the 30′s today and then the 40′s Wednesday and Thursday.

The ridge in the Pacific this week will be moving from West to East from about 160w towards 140w by the weekend. A storm will drop into the Pacific NW on Thursday just ahead of the ridge and will drag a colder air down the coast for Friday. It doesn’t look like we will get much moisture down here, maybe a another dusting. Temps will be back into the 30′s & 40′s for Friday and Saturday.

By Sunday the ridge is expanding in the East Pacific off our coast and it now looks like it will be a bit further North. That would keep the storm track next week a bit further North into Western Canada and allow us to be a little warmer and definitely dry. Temperatures should be around average for this time of year with sunny skies all week.

Looking long-range the models are catching on to my warmth theory for the second week of May. With a negative AO & NAO I think we will see a shot of cold air into the Eastern half of the country and the ridge will build over the West. The GFS is onboard with the Euro today in showing quite a warmup the weekend of the 7th. We could have highs into the 70′s at the lake if this pattern comes through.

The teleconnections don’t all come together yet for a definite lock and hold of the ridge. We could still see shots of cold air with some troughs as we go through the month. To summarize: a cold shot this Friday-Saturday, nice weather next week with average temps, and a possible big warmup the weekend of the 7th into the second week of May.

Just so you know I post less going into the summer as the weather is more tranquil, but I do post for any weather events and I start to talk about the outlook for next season as we go through the summer. Stay tuned…..BA

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