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Picked up 10″ in 24 Hrs

0 Comments 21 March 2013

Alpine Meadows picked up 10 inches during the day Wednesday bringing the 24 hour storm total to 14 inches up top. That was about 6 inches more than expected. The storm was a little colder and some heavy bands setup over the basin yesterday. That led to higher snow ratios on the mountain tops and more precip, which led to the higher snowfall totals.
We woke up to bluebird skies this morning and no wind. The mountain is looking good covered in a fresh blanket of snow. The weather will be nice through the weekend with a weak ridge offshore and trough over the Rockies helping to keep our temps below average in the 30′s up top and 40′s at the base. The weak ridge will move over the West Coast by Monday which should be our warmest day with temps into the low 50′s.
By next Tuesday low pressure will be slowly approaching the West coast and looks to stay offshore. We may begin to see moisture feeding into the West Coast by Wednesday. Most of the forecast models agree on light precip off and on into the last weekend of the month. This would be a couple of inches a day falling on the mountains and slowly accumulating. The forecast models then bring low pressure in over CA the last weekend of the month with heavier precip and snowfall. Overall the pattern looks unsettled but with light precip amounts starting next Wednesday.
The GFS long-range forecast keeps the precip going for about 10 days straight with some stronger storms possible the first week of April. I would like to see some more clarity the next few days from the forecast models on the precip for next week. Overall this could be the most unsettled weather pattern we have seen since December. BA

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