Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The cold front associated with the splitting Pacific storm moved through the area this afternoon with snowfall rates as high as 3” / hour for a time. The base of the mountain received about 3” of snow between 4:30 and 6:30 pm, while the Powdercam indicated almost 5” at the top of Sunshine Peak behind Patrol Headquarters.
Much lighter snow showers will continue tonight with another inch in the valleys and perhaps several inches on the hill leaving a 4-8” morning ski report.
The NAM model referred to in yesterday’s forecast has now been joined by the AVN in keeping the storm far enough south that snow will likely redevelop tomorrow in the TROWAL located in the northwest quadrant of the storm. This will bring light to moderate snow to the valleys as well as the hill, leaving another 1-3” in the valleys and 4-8” on the mountain, which will be reported Thursday morning.
The last wave in this storm cycle drags some cold Canadian Plains air over the area on Thursday, with minimal accumulations in the valleys but 2-5” of low-density powder during the day on the mountain.
Residual moisture will keep a mix of clouds and sun over our area from Friday through the weekend with warming temperatures expected by mid-weekend.