Monday, March 1, 2010

Need a Big March........

Over the last week of February the resort picked just over 3 feet of snow. That put Northstar just over 300 inches for the year so far. That means an average of 100 inches a month since December. We will need that again in March to get the mountain above it's average of 350 inches annual snowfall.

Clouds will be on the increase today from the next storm moving in tomorrow. It will warm up today ahead of the cold front. Expecting light snow to break out tomorrow morning ahead of the cold front and then heavier snow as it swings through in the evening. Expecting 3-6 inches with the cold front in the Village with 6-9 inches above 7000 ft.

Snow showers will linger overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. Then the main low moves through on Wednesday bringing another round of heavier snow. This snow will have high snow to water ratios due to the cold air. highs on the mountains on Wednesday should only be in the 20's. Expecting another 3-6 inches in the Village with 6-9 inches above 7000 ft. With the very cold air behind the storm snow showers could linger through wednesday night. Looking for a total of 6-12 inches in the Village with 12-18 inches above 7000 ft. by the time all is said and done.

A break on Thursday before the next storm moves in Friday. A bit of a change on this storm. Some models now suggest that the storm splits off from the jetstream and stalls off the coast before slowly drifting to our South. GFS still shows it coming straight in and hitting us on Friday into Saturday. If it doesn't split off we get a decent snow storm, if it does then we get maybe nothing or just some light snow on the Northern edge. Hope to iron out this problem by tomorrow.

Storms look to aim at the Pacific NW next week and we get the Northern edge. The track of the storms will be crucial as to how much snow we get. The stormy pattern looks to continue into the 3rd week of March. Stay tuned.........BA

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