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1 Foot and Counting... /

Submitted by ba December 22, 2012 - 9:31am Weather

Picked up a quick 6 inches yesterday afternoon and another 4 overnight.  Then the heavy snow moved in around 7 a.m. and we are now over a foot of snow for the storm so far with lots more to come.

The heaviest snow is pushing in this morning and we should see some of the biggest snow accumulations of the weekend during the day today with 12-15 inches at the base expected, and 15-25 inches on the mountain.

Tonight the snow lightens up and we may only see another 3-6 inches at the base and 6-10 on the mountain.  Then on Sunday morning the next wave of heavy precip pushes in. We will see more hefty accumulations with 9-12 more inches for the base, 12-20 inches on the mountain.

The snow continues into Sunday night but lightens and turns showery toward Monday morning. Final accumulations Sunday night into Monday morning of 3-6 inches at the base and 6-10 on the mountain.

Total accumulations over the next 48 hours through Monday morning of just under 2-3 feet at the base and 3-5 feet on the mountain. That's on top of what fell as of this morning so we could come close to hitting 6 feet at the summit.

We clear out during the day on Monday with a lull in the action into Christmas Day. But the clouds will be on the increase Tuesday as the forecast models are speeding up the arrival of the next storm.

We could see the snow begin to fall as early as Tuesday evening lasting through Wednesday into Wednesday night.  The storm will start to split as it hits CA with the heaviest precip shifting South, but it looks to hold together well enough to bring another 1-2 feet to the mountain and 6-12 inches for the base by Thursday morning.

Next weekend it appears that the ridge will be building over the West and the next storm will split with the precip dropping South down the coast. We could still see some light snow over the weekend.

Looking at the long-range it is still unclear how big the ridge will be off the coast and how close to the coast. We may dry out a little until the second week of January with the storms staying to our North, or the ridge may be flat enough that the storms continue.  BA

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