A nice healthy shot of moisture is coming to the Sierra with good spillover for the leeward valleys expected as well. We have a series of storms that should culminate with 2-4 inches of liquid precipitation. The storms start tomorrow with a weakening system that is currently just off the Oregon coast. After a day of rest on Sunday, a much more potent storm comes in for Monday and Tuesday. From there a series of storms should follow suit which could bring 2-5 feet of fresh snow to the Sierra and anywhere from 1- 2 inches of liquid precip to parts of the leeward valleys. Here is a look at precip potential through next week:
We have a very favorable setup for a week of storms with a ridge of high pressure blocking west of Hudson Bay. Our ridge has moved south and west, and that opens up the storm corridor. The only thing I would like to see is a larger moisture tap. That could come, however. If it does, it will bring warmer air into the mix and snow levels will rise with the increasing precip.
Quick Note: The models have been increasing precip for the Monday storm. If we can get just a slightly larger moisture tap, we could be looking at 4-6 inches of liquid precip through next week. So the potential does exist for a very healthy dump.
What I am seeing are two more possible weather events. They are a long way off but something to possibly look forward to. The first could show up around the 22nd of this month. Then many of the indicators are turning favorable for a long period of moisture headed our way toward the first week in March as this crazy winter continues. I will keep a close eye on these two potential weather makers and report accordingly.
Stay Tuned ...