Thursday, February 13, 2014

More Cascade Concrete, Then More Warming

Looks like about 1.2 inches of snow-water equivalent at the Alta-Collins observing site so far during this event.

Source: MesoWest
Although earlier model runs called for things to taper off later today, this morning's call for periods of heavy precipitation to continue through Friday with the 12-km NAM generating another 0.7 inches of snow water equivalent by late Friday (see lower left hand panel below). 
Then we will have a very warm weekend - afternoon ridge-top temperatures at 11,000 feet are forecast to be in the low 30s.  Bring wax and sunblock for the resorts and enjoy a long and leisurely lunch.  Given the heinous avalanche conditions and what looks to be anything but the Greatest Snow on Earth on lower angle terrain,  the best option for backcountry skiers might be heading south to Zion or Moab for mountain biking, hiking, or rock climbing.

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