Monday, February 28, 2011


What a great weekend of soft powder as Northstar has now picked up over 36 feet of snow so far this season. 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 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. Light snowfall could continue into Thursday with a moist flow behind the main storm. Right now liquid amounts are enough to bring around 6-12 inches in the Village and 12-18 inches on the mountain.

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 as the storm this week. Then it looks like another break next Tue-Thu before the next storm is at our doorstep 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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