It appears as though the El Niño forecast models are not stating true to their predictions of a dry winter for the PNW. In fact, Mt. Baker is forecasted to receive up to 86” in the by the end of day on Friday!
That snowfall will add to the 6” that fell over the weekend. That accumulation was supposed to amount to more snow but freezing levels stayed relatively high, which left the base area covered in rain for a majority of the storm.
However, those 6” left cold, which had the base area at Mt. Baker looking like this on Sunday…
Here is the detailed forecast for Mount Baker courtesy of NOAA
NOAA’s Winter Weather Advisory (through Wednesday)
CASCADES OF WHATCOM AND SKAGIT COUNTIES-
CASCADES OF SNOHOMISH AND KING COUNTIES-
CASCADES OF PIERCE AND LEWIS COUNTIES-
1008 AM PST TUE NOV 10 2015
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 4 PM PST WEDNESDAY…
* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…MOUNT BAKER…HURRICANE RIDGE…
PARADISE…STEVENS PASS…WHITE PASS…RAINY PASS…CHINOOK PASS.
* TIMING…TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.
* ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 11 INCHES ABOVE ABOUT 3500 FEET.
* SNOW LEVEL…NEAR 4000 FEET TONIGHT LOWERING TO 3000 TO 3500 FEET
BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
* MAIN IMPACT…THIS WILL BE THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OF THE
SEASON FOR THE LOWER PASSES. TRAVELERS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADWAYS…POOR VISIBILITY…AND POSSIBLE TRAVEL DELAYS.