Monday, March 14, 2011

500 Inches in Sight......

Northstar picked up 14 inches overnight as the jetstream was able to push the heavy snow further into Tahoe than expected overnight. Northstar is now just 18 inches shy of 500 inches which we could pick up with the next storm moving in tomorrow night.

You can see on satellite that the next storm is not that far behind this one just off the coast. Temps today and tomorrow will be in the 30's on mountain ahead of the storm. This storm should last longer with snow lasting into the day on Wednesday.

Models still vary a little with total liquid but more are on the side of 18-24 inches. It looks as if about half of the precip will fall after snow levels drop below lake level. That means we could see several inches in the Village, possibly up to 9 inches or more by Wednesday night. Behind the storm on Thursday temps will be much colder with highs in the 20's on the mountain with a chance of snow showers between storms.

Next storm is 24-36 hours behind this one with snow moving in again by Thursday night. This storm is much colder coming down the coast from the Gulf of Alaska. This storm could bring up to a foot of snow into Friday with plenty of cold air behind it for the weekend. Another storm dives down the coast on Sunday but looks like it will come in to our South.

Models are in fairly good agreement on a strong cold storm for the middle of next week. The colder than average pattern with a trough along the West coast and storms diving down from the North Pacific looks to continue going towards the end of the month. There is no sign of a ridge building off the coast to block storms, but the jetstream will weaken going into April. I will be traveling tomorrow so the storm update will be out in the afternoon. BA

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