When Will it Snow Again?

After record breaking snows in December, Ma Nature has turned off the spigot. Why she decided to do that, we have no idea.

So, will it ever snow again in Tahoe? I know that is a ridiculous question. Of course it will. 

We took out our long range Crystal Ball. We looked long and hard for a pattern change. We see one coming on or about the 3rd or 4th week of this month. Between now and then we could see a couple of weak sliders.

One of the culprits for this weather, is a huge ridge of high pressure extending from northern Canada down all the way to parts of the southern US. It is keeping the northern plains in the deep freeze and blocking just about everything. That is giving free reign to our persistent ridge to setup off the coast and channel everything north.

We need that ridge to move west, which should open the storm door again. Around the 3rd of 4th week of February, the long range forecast has that ridge moving west:

As you can see, when that happens storms fill the void and make it down to our area.

Without getting too technical, there are a number of weather ensembles that are pointing to this pattern change, so we do have some confidence that the dry pattern ends about the 3rd or 4th week in February. Which could signal a very good March!

Having said all that, this is quite a ways out. Much can change between now and then. When we get into these patterns, despite the beautiful weather, it seems as though that ridge will not budge.

Rest assured, we are watching this daily and will report accordingly!

Stay Tuned ...