Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Chance for Snow Every Other Day

Saturday we have a weak system pushing in bringing colder air and light scattered snow showers. We may pick up an inch or two on the mountain by Saturday night.

The next storm dives in on Monday. This storm will pick up more moisture off the ocean than the Saturday system. What will be working in our favor too is the cold nature of the storm that will bring higher snow ratios and more unstable air. That will help to keep post-frontal snow showers going.

This is a cold front storm where we should see a burst of heavy snow while the cold front pushes through Tahoe on Tuesday and then light snow showers behind it. Total precip with this system is low in the half inch range but with the colder air we should do ok. Looking like 3-6 inches at the base and in the Village with 4-8 inches up top.

There will be another weak storm moving into the Pacific NW on Wednesday and we may pick up a few more inches on the South side of the storm. The stronger storm for next weekend is still on the models.

The ridge looks like it will move closer to the coast the second half of next week before retrograding again over the weekend.  Still not sure how far South the heavy precip will push with this system and it is still far off so we will have to keep watching the track. The potential is there to get a decent storm.

Some of the forecast models continue to show the ridge out between 150-160w in the Pacific the week of the 20th allowing some bigger storms in. If anything the weather will be a lot more active and interesting it looks like in the coming weeks. BA

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