Bight and sunny out there today (Thursday), after a frosty morning. Expect a repeat Friday. The clear skies will give way to snow by the weekend.
The clouds will be increasing with a robust weather system coming in from the northwest late Saturday -- but mainly for Sunday, with a secondary surge of snowfall Monday lingering into early Tuesday. These two systems will be worth about 5-12 in forty-eight hours. The snow level will drop from 4,000 ft (mid to lower slopes) on Sunday, to snow for all slopes (1,500ft) by Monday. Its a respectable double shot of snow but, unfortunately, probably not enough to open for skiing as we are starting from almost nothing.
Tuesday through Friday of next week will see very cold weather bundle up here in the low lands high in the 30s lower 40s near sea level. Its a dry pattern so dont expect additional Cascade snowfall for the middle of next week.
By next weekend (Nov 30) the models are indicating a strong storm is possible. If it shows up as forecasted we could be on our way to partial ski area openings with significant snowfall. BUT that extended forecast is pure speculation, right now, as its beyond the range of forecast accuracy which is typically 5-7 days out. So dont get attached to that specific storm, but I have moderate to high confidence we are moving toward a more active storm pattern.
Until then, see you tonight for my weather presentation at Alpine Physical Therapy with Aslan Beer and Zeek's pizza.
The Grand Poobah of Powder
RIP Jake Burton Carpenter, passed away yesterday from cancer at age 65. Jake is the founder of Burton Snowboards and a snowboarding pioneer.