Alpine Weather: More Snow & Unsettled Through the Weekend

0 Comments 20 April 2011

Alpine picked up 4 more inches from the storm on Wednesday night bringing the April snowfall total to 25 inches.  We just keep adding to the incredible snowfall this season.

Moisture continues to stream into Northern CA and we will see more snow Friday night.  The models have pushed up the precip amounts a little so we should see similar amounts as we saw Wednesday night.  That would be 3-6 inches up top and a couple of inches at the base by Saturday morning.

The precip will back off Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.  Temperaturs this weekend will have highs in the 30′s on the mountain and 40′s at the base.  The next wave of moisture moves in Sunday afternoon into Monday.

The system for Monday will bring another round of very light snowfall to the mountain and possibly a little light rain at the base.  The moist flow will shift North by Tuesday as a ridge builds in off the CA coast.  We should have some nice weather on Tuesday and Wednesday next week with highs about 10 degrees warmer.

The ridge now looks like it won’t retrograde as far West the end of next week so the trough won’t dig as far down the West coast.  We should see some colder air Thursday and Friday but right now it looks like not much precip will make it this far South.

The models are starting to catch onto the trend of a ridge beginning to build in as we go into May.  It looks like the last weekend of the month and the first week of May could be warm and dry, but that is opposite of what the models were showing.  Teleconnections start to support the warm and dry conditions going into May but that doesn’t mean we still couldn’t get a storm or two.  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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