Thursday, March 15, 2012

Biggest Snow Yet to Come...

Northstar picked up another 6 inches up top in the past 24 hours bringing totals for the week up to 23 inches.  The snow is still falling with the heaviest snow of the week still set to move in over the weekend.

The precip was much lighter overnight as the moisture feeding in off the Pacific weakened.  There is another wave of heavier precip pushing in this morning and we should see an even bigger push of moisture tonight.  Snow levels today will stay up around 7500 ft. and then will start to fall tonight down to the base lodge.  We could see 2-4 inches today and 3-6 more tonight up top.

Then on Friday we will see heavier precip begin to move in with another wave ahead of the cold front that will bring the heaviest snow Friday night.  Snow levels should continue to fall on Friday and will possibly be back down to the Village by the end of the day.  Depending on how fast the snow levels come down we could pick up several inches in the Village during the afternoon.  On the mountain we could see 4-8 more inches.

Then the cold front pushes in the heaviest precip of the week Friday night with snow levels dropping well below lake level.  Expecting 5-10 inches in the Village and 10-15 incheson the mountain Friday night.  The heavy snow continues into Saturday morning and then turns to convective snow showers that could still be heavy Saturday afternoon.  Expecting to double what fell Friday night.

With the cold unstable air in place and plenty of moisture in the atmosphere we should see snow showers continue through Sunday with several more inches possible.  By Monday morning we could have 3-4 more feet up top.
There will be another wave moving in Monday which could keep the light snow showers going.  Right now it looks like another trough could slowly drop in from the Northeast Pacific next week with potential for another prolonged period of snowfall the end of the week into the weekend.  BA

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