Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's Only Just Begun......

Always good when we get more than the forecasted amounts. My thinking was 24-30 inches. Northstar ended up with 34-36 inches total as the heavy band of snow sat over Tahoe Sunday night into Monday.

Extremely cold behind the storm. Truckee was -15 when I checked at 7 a.m. Highs in the teens with sunny skies today and lows below zero again tonight in the valleys. Tomorrow will be another dry days with temps moderating into the 20's.

With the jestream coming under the ridge over the Northeast Pacific we will stay in an active pattern. Next piece of energy has slowed a bit and will come into CA sometime during the day Thursday. Originally the remnants of typhoon Nida were going to be associated with this storm, but Nida headed North fizzled out. This storm will run into the cold dry air left in the last storms wake and will only produce light snow showers from Thursday into Friday. Only looking to pick up a few inches.

Next storm right behind that one moves in Friday night. This storm will be stronger and will last into Sunday. We could be looking at 2+ feet of snow with this storm. A break on Monday and part of Tuesday before another decent storm moves in.

Looking long-term the jet looks to stay strong and should continue to send energy towards the west coast. The MJO has fizzled out but is forecast to strengthen in phase 5 in the West Pacific over the next week and then head East. This would suggest the liklihood of strong storms the end of next week going into the following week. This could be a December to remember. More detailed snow totals tomorrow morning for the next two storms. BA

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