Buenos Dias my friends,
Cup:O:Joe in hand with the #StokeLevelRising to a solid 9.0 as I read through the 48hr - 72hr forecasts :)
NWS / NOAA has issued a BLIZZARD WARNING for the region from Dec 11th (tomorrow) through Dec 12th
Today, temperatures are currently 34 @the base with 33 @the summit with winds in the 6 to 10 knot range, wind is forecast to increase throughout the day… Slight chance of snow showers today in the 10% range, not much on the Doppler as I type…
Roads - SR88 Carson Pass & Spur are open and clear as reported by Cal Trans, a few slick spots on Carson Pass but a smooth drive this morning… A few people have asked what the roads will be like over the next 48hrs, to be honest, call the CAL TRANS 24hr road line @ 1(800) 427-ROAD for the latest updates…
We will keep the FB & Twitter feeds current, but yes, even I need to sleep and get off the computer…
Terrain / Lifts - we will open Solitude (Chair 5) @9am with Four (4) runs open today accessing 30 acres… We have One (1) groomed run today – Outlaw… Three (3) runs are skier & rider packed and skiing quite well…
Firm in the morning today, all softening throughout the day… Come on up and grab some preseason vert, after the next few days we should be opening quite a bit more terrain (caveat insert – as long as this forecast holds & Mother Nature delivers) we will be set for the holidays :)
HIGHLIGHTS: Strong winter storm expected tomorrow producing heavy snow and very high winds. Computer models keep CA in a cooler and wetter weather pattern through the next week or so with several trough passages on the horizon.
Discussion: Conditions are expected to deteriorate this afternoon with thick high clouds building in and winds picking up noticeably along exposed peaks and ridgelines. Winds may be gusting has hgigh as 55 mph late this afternoon and this evening, with continued strengthening to 50-70 mph, gusting near 90 mph in some places through Thursday morning. Some prefrontal showers are possible overnight, though snow levels will remain near 8000 feet and accumulations should stay light. The main area of precipitation is expected to enhance snow across high elevations during the early afternoon Thursday with snow levels dropping to 6000 feet by mid-late afternoon, then 4500 feet by midnight. Heavy snow and strong southerly winds will likely lead to cornice development at the tops of north and northeast facing slopes. Snow densities lower dramatically through Thursday night. The heaviest precipitation is expected between 4PM Thursday and 10AM Friday, with storm totals for the South of Lake Tahoe around 18-24" above 7500 ft. and 10-18" below 7500 ft. Snowfall rates will likely reach 2-3 in./hr at times once the heaviest precipitation pushes past the Crest. Moist NW flow should keep a good chance for showers to continue through Friday afternoon with additional accumulations possible. Friday night and Saturday showers should become more scattered with only modest accumulations expected. Midrange models keep California in a cool, wet pattern through next week with another trough passage Monday and Tuesday, followed quickly by another disturbance Wednesday afternoon.
#StokeLevelRising my friends,