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Discussion in 'Alpine & Snow' started by Born2ski, Aug 12, 2016.
Sounds like any mountain that has a massive dump of snow on top of a decent base
Actually, by next weekend Cali looks to score some reprieve with a blocking pattern for at least 4-5 days from Monday 16th through to around Thursday (quite possibly some of the best bluebird, groomer skiing of the season if GFS & EC get their way).
Beyond this GFS, CFS & EC all paint a very stubborn zonal-flow for much of the West Coast for mid/Late Jan. Looks persistent for frequent frontal top-ups IMO. All without the bitterly cold Alberta clipper systems we saw throughout DEC.
Here's two other links i find very useful jelly,along with mos charts when trying to figure a forecast out.
I give weight to a thaw out period after this current event ,then in 10-12 days another polar surge.
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NAM 3km has embedded trough bringing resupply of colder air & moisture (snow) by 5-7pm local time tomorrow.This is in-line with EC's prog.
Pretty cloudy in Snowmass today, it should snow later...
There's this nice low that looks to hit the inland Rockies. Could be snow in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Interior BC and Alberta. Meanwhile the Sierra Nevada and most of the PNW is mostly dry due to a blocking high.
Light snow in Fernie this morning. Hopefully more coming in tonight and tomorrow.
Same here. Will be welcome.
That sounds about right for January, especially when it gets really cold it only snows very lightly
Heights don't really start lowering until another 18/24hrs. Then shit will hit the fan.
Heavy snow returns to Mammoth top to bottom, as of an hour ago (7-7:30pm local).
in driggs down the bottom of grand targe all evening If it's cold enough up there then tomorrow is gonna be deep! Fingers crossed!
Cali drought over.
Well technically we won't know that officially until Thursday (or as early as tomorrow) as it's reviewed and published every Tuesday AM and Thursday AM respectively.
I suspect parts of So-Cal will remain in 'extreme drought' as not much was received south of Sequoia NP.
An off-grid Colorado snow recorder seeing things people choose to ignore.
Dump'n in Jackson, WY. 18" in the last 48 hours. Up to 21" expected in the next 24hrs.
Pretty much sums their season up (to-date).
Whistler back country this morning
Great save by the jetforce! Very lucky bugger!
Very lucky indeed!
Wows. Pic from Kirkwood
Anyone got storm totals for Tahoe / Mammoth yet or is it still puking there?
They've literally been getting back-to-back systems so not really able to call it storm totals anymore... 28" in the last 24 hrs has been reported, but I guess that's just a piss in the ocean for other falls this month...
That could not have gone any better.....
Big wet heading for the Pacific Northwest. Lots of rain and snow.
@Jellybeans1000 , @POW_hungry any details on the event hitting the PNW this week ? Weather news up here are calling it a major event and have said there is an "atmospheric river" coming all the way from the Philippines.
Hmm seems like a big pineapple for anywhere under about 1500m at this stage....
Sounds about the right time of year for a big pineapple express to come through
Well I'm sitting at just under 1200m here in Red Mountain BC Canada and forecasts I've seen suggest either all snow (albeit wet) or only a little rain and the rest snow. I guess time will tell.
16-20 Jan looks tasty as.
That's 50-70 inches for Whistler area (127-177cm)
15-30 inches (40-75cm) for inland Rockies
As for the "atmospheric river" which is the jetstream, it stretches all around the globe, being the division of Ferrel and Polar cells.
As you can see the jetstream is pushing into BC/PNW for this next storm. But then it plunges into California.
And then it moves further north and curves over the Sierra Nevada from the NW
And then long term a blocking high comes in.
Should be safe that far inland, it does look pretty warm though. Either way, i'd say head straight for the "slides" and then rinse the Motherlode char line on a fresh morning
Red will do fine. Temps only really look marginal on Wednesday AM/during the day for you, but snow/rain mix fluctuating between 1300-1500m, ~10-15mm of rain IMO. Should see 15-20cm between Tues-Thurs though.
'aint looking pretty for coastal resorts below 1800m, until at least Thursday when the cold air arrives IMO.
Proof that CA, is on the way to breaking all-time records.
To go from 'Exceptional Drought' covering 30% of the state to virtually the wettest season on record in a matter of weeks is pretty phenomenal. @FourSquare04 this put your earlier remarks on the '06 season, into perspective.
I was in Southern California (Los Angeles) a couple of days ago. Locals said they had never seen so much rain. It just happened to bucket down when we went to Universal Studios No California sun for me
It does look like the jetstream will stay in its current pattern for the next couple of weeks, keeping California wet. Should do some filling of local dams.
Wow! I didn't know it had bucketed down that much. Some serious water storage required on the part of California authorities.
Tahoe resorts gonna get it again.
Not quite what they just had but looking at another 1m of snow atleast.
I wonder if those smaller So Cal hills are also getting it or are they too low, like Bear, Mt High, etc
A quick scan around looks like they have around 1m base where as Mammoth has 6m base at the Summit!!!
Nah San Bernadino Ranges too low, too south to be included in the depths that Sierra Nevada are receiving. They need COLD, WET winters to benefit. Looks like 2017 has only been able to deliver the moisture component to-date.
That said, those resorts are experts at making snow. They never usually need a lot to spin a lift. Bit like an Aussie resort really...
Pac NorWest is currently filling in with heavy moisture inbound from the SW. Rain and mixed precip is the theme for most resorts at the moment. Cold air due tomorrow AM.
Finally snowing here at Red Mountain. Outside temp sitting on around -3c at the base, just under 1200m altitude.
Snowing at Silver Star for the last couple of hours
Same here at Big White
Total fizzer at SP.
West of the Rockies is where it's been marginal.
~1500m FL for coastal resorts is still mild for JAN, it's the PNW (US) that were always going to struggle here. Due to shadowing; Rockies were never going to see big depth gain, or rain for that matter IMO.
Sierra Nevada resorts really are the place to be this winter.
Friday AM (Local) sees a new WNW cold core system roll through California 15-20" (30-50cm) possible, all over by Saturday PM local.
Follow-up system on Sunday AM local is shaping up to be a beast, atmospheric avalanche if you will. Deep, cold and arctic air-mass is associated with this one.
35-45" (80-120cm) are possible in 48 hours for places like Shasta, Mammoth and to a lesser extent Tahoe. Uppers are very cold (-3C/-14C/-34C), snow possible in strange places if GFS pans out.
UT, CO & WY all to significantly benefit from this system from Monday AM also.