Mt. Baker's Turn, 3-4 Feet Thursday - Friday

Mt. Baker's Turn, 3-4 Feet Thursday - Friday

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Mt. Baker's Turn, 3-4 Feet Thursday - Friday

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The storms continue to hit the Pacific NW over the next few days. The snow levels are currently up above 5000 ft. in Washington and 7000 ft. in Oregon as the next storm comes onshore tonight with snow levels falling around 1000 ft. to 4000 & 6000 ft. respectively. Above those levels we will pick up 6-12 inches tonight into Thursday. Then the next big storm approaches the coast for Thursday night.

Snow levels will come back up about 1000 ft. with the arrival of the next storm before falling Thursday night into Friday all the way down close to 2000 ft. in elevation in Washington and 4000 ft. in Oregon. Above 4000 ft. in Washington and above 6000 ft. in Oregon we should see an addtional 2-3 feet of snow Thursday night into Friday.

Here is the 48 hour snowfall map.

At the ski resort level Mt. Baker should pick up 1.5 – 2.5 ft. at the base with amounts increasing as you go up in elevation. The Summit at Snoqualmie should pick up similar amounts. Mt Hood will have rain at the base to start and then turn to snow with only a few inches at the end but 2-3 ft. at the top of the resort and 4-5 feet at the summit. Mt. Bachelor is much higher so 2-3 feet at the base and 3-4 feet at the Summit.

As we go into the weekend the trough is going to dig North of Hawaii pumping the ridge further up the West coast again. That will keep subsequent weaker storms up into Washington and Canada but it looks much quieter through Sunday. Then Monday another weak and colder storm comes into Washington and could bring several more inches to Mt. Baker.

The next storm arrives on next Thursday and it looks a little bit stronger and it will come a little further South into Oregon. The brunt looks to stay up into Washington and the snow levels will be falling again below 3000 ft. This storm should be measured in feet again in Washington with lesser amounts down into Oregon. Here is the total precip map through next Thursday in inches of liquid. You can get an approximate snowfall by using the inches as feet for elevations that are all snow through the week. Obviously higher amounts for temperatures below 30 degrees.

 

Forecast models are suggesting a possible break the end of next week as the ridge pushes up the West Coast again, from about the 5th – 10th of January. Then they show the ridge retrograding back out in the Pacific to a position North of Hawaii beyond that period. That would change the pattern to storms coming down from further up in the North Pacific and Gulf of Alaska which is a colder track for the storms. The GFS model today even suggested a blocking ridge forming from Alaska to Western Canada which would force all the Pacific storms underneath into the Pacific NW. So things could get quite stormy once again going toward mid-January. BA

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