Mountain Snow Well Into Next Week

A very large storm system that is centered well north of us continues to fire short wave patterns our way. The latest storm dumped nearly 30 inches at the top of Mt. Rose ski area. There is more coming. Tomorrow evening is shaping up for another bout of cold and snow, especially in the mountains. Should make for a great Saturday for the general public to get out. Here is a look at yesterday atop the mountain. The snow in the Mt. Rose Chutes ranged from 24 to perhaps 50 inches deep. A lot of snow blows in there and it was one of the better days of the year. This is Scott executing a heal turn and getting a face full:

The steeps of Mt. Rose. I talked to the head avalanche forecaster for all of Tahoe and he claims that the chutes of Mt. Rose slide more frequently and violently than any other ski area in Tahoe. If you look closely, this next picture will show you why:

The next short wave arrives Sunday. This is a larger system that could bring significant snow to the mountains and even some snow in the leeward valleys. Here is a look at Sunday night:

This shortwave will drop out of Oregon right into Northern and central California and will have a major affect on the Sierra as well as the Cascade ranges. It looks like mountain snow through at least Tuesday with temps far below average for the Valleys. Here is a look at total precip through Tuesday:

We are looking at precip in the 3-5 inch range for the mountains around Lake Tahoe. That could be another 30 inches for Rose. I am guessing it will be in the 18-24 inch range by Tuesday morning.

There are indications that this stormy, cold and snowy pattern is going to continue for some time. This year things have been very difficult to forecast. Suffice it to say, we are in for another big snow event into the forseeable future. Stay tuned, El Nino still very much alive.