Storm Machine Starts Up Wednesday

On any other day of any other year we would be talking about a very active storm cycle that will be arriving on Wednesday. However, after 20 feet of snow in just over 8 days it is very difficult to call any storm large again!

Having said that, we have a very active weather pattern heading to Tahoe, starting on Wednesday afternoon and lasting for at least a week. These are cooler storms, do not have as much moisture to work with and are moving faster. However, there are at least 3 storms that we are tracking and they will arrive on the heals of their predecessor. First the details:

Wednesday Noon through Thursday night (1/18)

Friday Noon through Sunday (1/20)

Monday Night through Wednesday (1/23)

Snow Elevation
Right now, it looks like these storms are going to be all snow above 7,000 feet. Each storm will be progressively warmer. I look for snow elevations of the first storm to start around lake level.

Impressive at any other time but this one, here are the forecast total precip amounts:

Parts of the Sierra, west of the crest could see another 10 feet, I know, unimpressive. There will be some shadowing and I look for the Carson Range to pick up an additional 3-6 feet of snow above 7,000 feet.

January Going out like a Lamb
I see the possibility of one more storm moving in after this next cycle. Then I believe we will see high pressure move in off the cost and we should dry out for a least a few weeks toward the end of the month and beginning of February.

Stay Tuned ...