Sunday, April 8, 2012

1-2 Feet or More This Week

It was a beatiful Spring weekend here at Northstar but that is all about to change this week as lots of cold and snow is on the way.  It looks like we are going to finish the season on a snowy note once again this year.

The forecast models have been in agreement and consistent all week on the storms for this week. That boosts confidence that we will be picking up some decent snowfall amounts.  We close next weekend so this will be the last storm of the season, and we will finish with fresh snow just like last season.

The first storm has actually been spinning off the coast all weekend. That will continue on Monday before the next system behind it pushes it inland beginning Tuesday. We will see the winds pick up Monday and Tuesday as it nears and then some snow showers as early as later in the day. The heaviest snow looks to hold off until Wednesday. It looks like we could see 1-3 inches Tuesday night and another 1-3 inches on Wednesday.  Another inch or two Wednesday night would bring us to storm total of 4-8 inches.

The next storm is ready to dive in right behind the first one and this one will will have more moisture. It looks like we could see some snow showers move in ahead of the system on Thurday but the heaviest snow will fall Thursday night into Friday with the cold front. The center of the storm looks like it will move inland Friday keeping the snow showers going. It may move through slowly enough to keep the snow showers going all the way into Saturday morning.

It looks like a quick dump Thursday night into Friday morning of 6-12 inches on the mountain. Then the snow showers will add several more inches on the mountain Friday and Friday night. Total for this storm looks to be up to a foot at the base and up to 18 inches at the summit. All told we could see 1-2+ feet on the mountain by next Saturday.

That will be it for the season snow wise but you may be sticking around to enjoy Spring after we close. Looking at the long-range forecast it looks like the storm activity will shift just to our North the second week. Then the last week of the month we could continue to see dry condtions with some more Spring-like weather as a ridge builds off the coast blocking storms.  BA

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