Friday, October 19, 2012

California Dreaming

KT-22@Squaw Valley.  Source: Unofficial Networks
There is no snow on the ground presently in the northern Sierra, and they struggled mightily last year, but that's about to change. 

Below is the five day accumulated precipitation forecast (snow-water equivalent in inches) from this morning's GFS, valid for 1200 UTC 19 Oct – 1200 UTC 24 Oct.  

Source: NCEP
Note the bull's eye in the northern Sierra where forecast snow-water equivalent amounts are greater than 1.5 inches.  The pounding is heaviest on Monday and Monday night.

These forecasts have me California dreaming.  Snow also looks to be in the cards for the Wasatch next week, but it's too soon to say just how much.

1 comment:

  1. I woke up to rain showers in the San Francisco Bay Area this morning. It was quite windy as well. By noon, the sun was shining with considerable pockets of cloudiness scattered around. The NAM shows impulses of moisture coming onshore south of the low center with nice cold air support through Wednesday afternoon. Tahoe web cams show snow at lake level and some messy driving conditions over Donner Summit.