What a great weekend of soft powder. Not much of a break here for a few days before our next storm moves in on Wednesday. This storm is much warmer and is working with less liquid than the last few storms so it will basically act to compress the base and freshen up the slopes with snow of a thicker variety.
Temps today will be in the 30′s and then tomorrow we break into the 40′s with the warm flow out ahead of the storm. A cold low pressure spinning in the Northeast Pacific is going to pull a warmer storm coming across the Pacific up its East side. That will push a stream of moisture through our area with a cold front on the backside. Snow should begin falling Tuesday night and last through the day on Wednesday.
Snow levels may come up to right around lake level when the precip starts late Tuesday night, but will then fall during the day on Wednesday. I don’t know why everyone keeps saying it’s going to be rain when it’s going to be all snow on the mountains and almost all snow at lake level. Light snow could continue into Thursday with a moist flow off the Pacific behind the main storm. Right now liquid amounts are enough to bring around 6-12 inches at lake level and 12-18 inches above 7000 ft. There would definitely be the lower end at lake level if we see a start as rain.
Things begin to clear out by Friday and we have another little break until the next storm arrives on Sunday. This storm looks to bring similar amounts of precip and looks a little warmer, so a better chance we could start as rain at lake level. Then another short break next Tue-Thu before the next storm is on our doorsteop by Friday.
By the end of next week it looks as if the ridge may shift South from the Bering Sea to around 160w in the Central Pacific. This would bring the return of colder storms dropping down the East side of the ridge from around the 10th going towards mid-month. It definitely looks like an active period for at least the next few weeks. BA
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