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Alpine Weather: Getting buried

0 Comments 17 February 2011

Alpine Meadows picked up another 34 inches in the past 24 hours as of 6 a.m., just 1 inch shy of the biggest 24 hour total this season back on 11/20.  That brings the 3 day storm total to 54 inches(4.5 feet) so far!  We are only about halfway through this 5-6 day storm.

Heavy snow is already approaching the area from the West this morning as the low pressure off the coast strengthens.  A wave of moisture will rotate inland today & tonight dragging a front through Tahoe.  Expecting another 10-15 inches today and 12-18 tonight for a 24 hour total of 22-33 more inches by tomorrow morning.

Then tomorrow the front stall across the area and the flow becomes more Southerly with steady snowfall continuing.  We should pick up another 10-15 inches during the day tomorrow and then 3-6 tomorrow night as the heaviest moisture moves to our South and East.  By Saturday we should have picked up another 3-5 feet on top of the 4.5 feet we have received so far.  That would bring the storm total to 7-9 feet as we begin to clear out and dig out over the weekend.

The storm coming down the coast for Monday and Tuesday is still trending far enough off the coast that we only see clouds and maybe a few flakes.  The slightest shift to the East would mean that we see more accumulating snow.  There is another inside slider storm coming down over land for Wednesday and Thursday which would bring more cold and snow showers.

As we go into the following weekend and the beginning of March it appears that the ridge may reform back out in the Pacific around 160w just South of the Aleutian Islands.  That is the position where it was this week, and that would create a similar pattern where cold storms dive down from the North across the Pacific picking up moisture and dumping it on us.  Stay tuned.

BA The Weather Guru - who has written 30 posts on Ski Alpine Meadows.
The Weather Guru specializes in long range storm forecasting and snowfall predictions for the Tahoe Basin. He studied meteorology at Kean University and has been tracking snowstorms for over 20 years. He considers himself a Hobbyist that is passionate about weather and obsessed with big snowstorms.

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