Monday, March 28, 2011

A Break as Spring Visits This Week...

Northstar has had an amazing run of storms here over the past couple of weeks. The 10 day total is 124 inches, 15 day 168 inches, and March 194 inches. Northstar has now picked up an incredible 636 inches at the summit on the season.

It is only March 28th so we may not be done yet with snowfall on the mountain this season, but we are done for at least the next 5 days. The ridge is building off the West coast and it will be right over CA by Thursday & Friday. Temps will be chilly still today in the 30's on the mountain and breezy. As the ridge builds in temps will rise all week with 40's Tuesday/Wednesday and then 50's by Thursday and Friday. We will even be into the 60's in the Village.

The flow stays fairly progressive over the next couple of weeks, so the ridge moves to our East this weekend. That will allow a storm to move in to our North on Saturday and Sunday. It is looking pretty week right now with only light snowfall above 7000 ft. The biggest change will be windy and colder weather over the weekend with highs only in the 30's & 40's.

Long-range models can be pretty unreliable this time of year with the change in the seasons. Teleconnections may be more telling as they are a semi-constant in the chaos of the weather patterns. They favor a ridge along the West coast through next week and the models do show a ridge moving back in the beginning of the week. As we go into the second week of April the teleconnection forecasts show a pattern that would once again favor a retrogression of the ridge and a trough along the West coast.

Enjoy the nice weather during the weekdays these next two weeks as we see sunny skies and nice temps because it may not last. As we go towards mid-month I think we have a chance at a return to below average temps and some storms. Stay tuned......BA

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