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Minor snowfall for weekend

Hello Skiers:

I hope you enjoyed the fresh snow earlier this week and the spring skiing in the sun the last few days.

Friday will see a mixture of clouds and sun, with more sun than overcast skies as anther spring ski day unfolds. There are changes coming for the weekend with new snow, but not much.

Expect a little sun early on Saturday, but the clouds will increase during the day. A weak upper-level low will move in late on Saturday with snow falling from the north Cascades of Washington to the south, but decreasing. Dont expect much snowfall, maybe 1-3 (Baker) with a trace to 2 at Stevens and southward. The snow level will be near the lower slopes on Saturday night (4,500ft) as the snow falls overnight, but dropping below to 3,000ft by Sunday morning, as the front move through. There will be some partial clearing by lunchtime on Sunday.

Expect a return to spring skiing on Monday and Tuesday with partly sunny skies. Then there is a chance of a little snow mid- week, but it wont be much. Enjoy as the snowpack coverage is healthy and above normal.

Your Grand Poobah of Powder
Larry Schick meteorologist

Snowpack

April 1st is typically the day we measure the snowpack for the season to see how we measured up, compared to normal. Most of the WA Cascades is above normal (122-152%), while Oregon and the Inland NW is near to above normal.

As I said last October La Nina would bring the NW near to above normal snowfall. Thats a long range forecast you can count on, as it totally verified. La Nina and the NW have good correlation for snowfall, that is why I was so confident. We even had an early start to the snowfall, with a near normal snow pack into January, then surged above normal in February and March with many deep powder storms as the storm track aimed right at us for weeks - a classic La Nina pattern!

Its really too early to have any confidence for next season long range forecast. Ill have an update in a couple of weeks, but right now Id lean toward Neutral (which is good or normal) or a possible La Nina encore which would be great

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