A cold morning this morning down near 0 degrees at the base. Great weather for snowmaking on top of the 4 inches we picked up from yesterday's storm.
The next system is going to drop down the West Coast on Friday. This one has 2 things going for it that are better than this last system. 1) It will be over water longer and will come in over Northern CA with more precip 2) The temperatures will be in the low 20's instead of the mid 30's when the storm arrives. That should mean that we see more snowfall with this next system. The forecast models are not in agreement with the total precip. Some have up to a half inch of total liquid and others up to an inch. If we take an average of the latest forecast models we could see 5-10 inches at the base and 10-15 inches on the mountain. We will need to see some more agreement the next 2 days to get a better idea.
This storm will also bring even more cold air for the weekend with Saturday and Saturday night possibly being the coldest of the weekl. The ridge is going to build off the coast the beginning of next week with no undercutting of the jet. So we will have a break from storms and we will start to warm back up a little.
Later next week some of the forecast model runs break down the ridge off the coast and build a ridge North of Hawaii. That opens the storm door to lots of storms for us going into mid-month. Some other runs keep the ridge off the coast amplified and the one North of Hawaii weaker which keeps the storm track up into the Pacific NW. The climate forecast models for December last night were showing above average precip for us mid-month. We will have to wait and see if this can setup right for big snow before the holidays.