I took the day off yesterday, as you might have noticed. It wasn’t exactly a restful day off, as I spent most of the day following the sad news out of Japan. My thoughts go out to all my friends there, as well as to the Japanese people. Japan may seem exotic, and Japanese culture may seem incomprehensible, but maybe this will give you a connection: Japan has incredible skiing and awesome windsurfing and millions of extreme sports fanatics. They are all going to be affected by this tragedy, so send your thoughts out to them. If you’d like to donate, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or go to the Red Cross and donate.
On to the forecast…
The weather isn’t cooperating right now. It’s alternating between rain and snow at the base of Meadows, and the road up here is a sloppy, slippery, slidey mess. The snow level’s at 6000’ or so right now, just as predicted. It’s supposed to drop to 5500’ by 10am, hold through the day, and then fall to 3500’ by 10pm, so hopefully the wet mess will switch back to snow soon. Winds today will be SW 40-50 early, dropping to SW 30-40 midday and rising to WSW 40-50 after 4pm. Total precip will be 1-1.5” (we’ve already seen about .3”) for 3-5” of wet new at the base and 10-14” of new snow up high. Most of the precip will fall between noon and 5am tomorrow.
The snow level will be down around 1500-2000’ by tomorrow morning, holding all day. Snowfall will be heavy before 5am and light to moderate after for .25-.5” water value or 4-6” of new snow. Winds will be WSW 30-35 early, dropping to W 20-25 by noon and falling to W 10-15 by 7pm.
The snow level will be 500-1000’ on Thursday, rising to 3000’ by 5pm. It will be cloudy with snow flurries and less than .25” water value for 1-2” of new snow. Winds will be SW 10-15 early, going to S 10-20 by 5pm.
Friday brings a few more inches of snow with the snow level around 3500’ all day. Total precip will be .25-.5”, mostly falling in the morning. Winds will be S 15-20 going to SW 5-10 by noon and holding through the day. At this point, the weekend looks sunny.
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