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Alpine Weather: Next Multi-Foot Storm Series Taking Aim

0 Comments 23 March 2011

Alpine Meadows picked up another 8 inches overnight as we are just beginning our next 4 day storm cycle that will dump massive amounts of snow again.

The snow began falling around midnight last night with some overrunning moisture ahead of the main front.  The heaviest snow will arrive by Wednesday afternoon as the front pushes through the area.  Snow showers will last into Thursday morning behind the front.  The snowfall from this first storm should be around 15-20 inches at the base and 20-25+ inches on top.

No break in the snow as the next strong storm moves in by Thursday afternoon bringing heavy snow into Friday morning.  The snow showers behind the main storm will last into Friday night. The snowfall from this second storm should be around 18-24 inches at the base and 2-3+ feet on top.

Third storm is now forecasted to arrive faster now by Saturday afternoon lasting into Sunday morning.  This storm is weaker than the first 2 storms.  The snowfall from this third storm should be around 10-15 inches at the base and 15-20+ inches on top.

Storm totals by Sunday morning will be around 4-6 feet at the base and 6-8 feet on top.  Basically we are getting a replay of the last 4 days over the next 4 days.  Alpine has already surpassed the 700 inch mark with this past storm series and is now looking to hit the 800 inch mark.

Next week we look to have a break with a brush-by storm to our North on Tuesday and then a ridge with nice weather through Friday.  The next chance of a storm is the first weekend in April.  The long-range models look typical of spring with a fast progressive pattern, cut-offs, and inconsistency.  This should be our last big storm series this week and then quick hits of snow going forward in April.  Stay tuned……….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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