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By ccrossen | January 25, 2017

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Massive January… now in the books. Biggest January ever, biggest month ever. Donner Summit/Sugarbowl reporting near 300 inches for January 2017. It has been hectic and amazing, intense, tragic, and unbelievable. We now close the month with a bunch of humility and digging out. Looks like a new AR on tap for mid-next week. Stay tuned. Head’s up out there… lots of strange layers, different densities, and things happening where they typically do not…

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into the weird

By ccrossen | January 4, 2017

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It’s been quite a week in Tahoe to start off 2017. And we are going to have another wild 8 days or more… as a major AR event is scheduled for the wekend, and then more next week. The current QPF forecast os for 20+ ” of water for the next 7 days. This does not include the 50+” of snow we just received over the past three days. Snow quality and amounts will vary radically with these incoming storms, highly depending upon elevation and cold air masses in place when they arrive. This weekend in particular, we are looking at 9″ of water, snow lines fluctuating between 5000-9500′. We may see 80″+ of snow above 9000′ and only 12″ below 7000′. Next weeks systems, still a long way out look to be somewhat colder, but hard to say at this point.

On top of all this price. we have a very upside down snow pack, with facets and an ice layer down low. This can be a very scary scenario, and it looks like it will only worsen with the incoming snow/rain … We will basically have very saturated/heavy snow/slab on top of facets.

Hold on and be patient 

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60, 80, 100, 120…

By ccrossen | January 2, 2017

Huge week ahead for Tahoe. 12+” today (Monday) and then heavy snow Tues-Wds (2-4′) and then again Sat-Monday (4-6′ above 7000??). Some very big questions remain for the weekend AR event, namely how much the cold air moving in the day before affects the river inbound. If it comes into cold we are in for a major snow event; if it’s warm, we could see flooding and a lot of tears.

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storm update

By ccrossen | December 23, 2016

The forecasted storm has split, with the bulk of the moisture and heavy snow shifting south of us. We’re now looking at 6″ in town and 12″ up high. Hopefully we see things pick up later this evening….

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storm coming - looking for a major reset after all the rain

By ccrossen | December 21, 2016

1217 PM PST WED DEC 21 2016


…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 4 PM PST
SATURDAY…


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 4
PM PST SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.



* TIMING: SNOW WILL MOVE INTO THE TAHOE BASIN FRIDAY MORNING WITH
PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MIDDAY SATURDAY.


* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 15 TO 30 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET, WITH 8 TO
16 INCHES AT LAKE LEVEL.


* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH. SIERRA
RIDGE GUSTS UP TO 110 MPH.


* SNOW LEVELS: BELOW LAKE LEVEL.


* IMPACTS: VERY POOR VISIBILITY WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS LIKELY
ESPECIALLY OVER THE PASSES. DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR BACK
COUNTRY ACTIVITIES AND TRAVEL ON HIGHWAYS 50, 88, 89, 207, 267,
THE MT ROSE HIGHWAY AND INTERSTATE 80.

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