1/12 Forecast

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 January 12, 2010

Good morning!

The rain and gloomy weather over the last several days just wasn’t conducive to me writing a forecast!

Now that the white stuff has returned to the slopes, I’m ready to talk to you guys again. It is snowing at the Vista Superpipe at Meadows right now, around 6000 feet or so, and it’s a mix of snow and rain at the base. Looking at the radar picture, I see the cold side of this wet front hitting the mountain before 10am. At that point, temps will drop and snow will fall.

NOAA says 3-7” today. I think we’ll see closer to 7” than 3”. I think we’ll see another 6-8” tomorrow, with colder temperatures and better snow. If I had to pick, I’d pick tomorrow, but I think this afternoon will be good as well. The snow level will be high enough for accumulation at Timberline, but poor Skibowl is going to get walloped with rain, yet again.

I need all of you to do a snow dance for Skibowl, please. I miss skiing West Wall!

I do see one small issue tomorrow. The upper level low associated with this storm is forecast to pass just north of Mt. Hood tomorrow, midmorning. That puts us (skiers) on the southerly, high wind, side of the low. At this point, I’m not saying nuclear force winds, but I think it’s going to be strong enough to shut down higher-elevation lifts and slow down the high speed quads. I also think it’s going to be windy enough for an extra layer of clothes and for windblown snow to fill in our tracks.

The track of that low pressure system will also be conducive to desert winds, if you’re hankering for a windsurfing session. Arlington is your call tomorrow, late in the day. Upper twenties to low thirties seem likely.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day today!