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Monday, May 16, 2011

The Squeeze Is On

As our dominant high pressure system drifts further west, storms are squeezing by it, down the coast and hitting us in Tahoe. Yesterday's storm dumped over a foot in the higher elevations of the Sierra with 6-10 inches in the Carson Range. Two more storms are going to squeeze by until the high pressure system moves back east and blocks the storms again. Here is a look:


I expect another 1-2 feet by the end of Wednesday for the Sierra and very nearly that in the Carson Range as two decent storms are poised to hit the Tahoe area. Here is a look for late tomorrow:


One storm hits tonight and another tomorrow night. Tomorrow's storm has even more potential than tonight's which should dump over a foot of snow in the higher elevations.  Some areas are going to pick up nearly 3 inches of liquid precip, which is almost unheard of this time of  year. Here is the precip totals through Wednesday:


Snow levels will be right around lake level and these systems will have no significant impact on the leeward valleys of Reno and Carson City.

If you are thinking of hiking, take a look at this picture taken about 3:00 yesterday afternoon at the top of slide mountain:


Conditions were excellent ... Stay Tuned!

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