Alpine Weather: Storms are stacked

0 Comments 28 February 2011

What a great weekend of soft powder at Alpine after picking up 4 feet on Friday.  Alpine has now received 532 inches on the season, 118% of the annual snowfall average as of February 26th.  That’s not the end as we have many more storms on the horizon, the first of which will arrive Tuesday night.  This storm will not be as cold as the last few so even with similar liquid amounts the snow totals will not be as high, but still another foot or more will add to the spectacular amounts we’ve seen so far.

Temps today will be in the 30′s and then tomorrow we  possibly break 40 with the warm flow out ahead of the next storm.  A cold low pressure spinning in the Northeast Pacific is going to pull a warmer storm coming across the Pacific to its South up its East side.  That will push a stream of moisture through our area with a cold front on the backside.  Snow could beging falling as early as Tuesday night and last into Thursday as moisture continues off the Pacific behind the cold front.

Snowfall will not be all that heavy with the storm especially compared to what we have been seeing lately.  Totals by the Thursday morning snow report should be in the 12-18 inch range, and then several more inches could accumulate on Thursday.  The snow will start off pretty thick as snow levels come up close to lake level, and then finish off lighter Wednesday night behind the cold front as the temps drop.

Things begin to clear out by Friday and we have another little break until the next storm arrives for Sunday into Monday.  This storm looks to brings similar amounts of precip as the storm this week.  Then we get another break next Tue-Thu before another storm comes knocking on storm door next Friday.

By the end of next week it looks as if the ridge may shift South from the Bering Sea to around 160w in the Central Pacific.  This would bring the return of colder storms dropping down the East side of the ridge starting the latter half of next week and going towards mid-month.  It definitely looks like an active period for at least the next few weeks.  BA

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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