This is a huge storm for Lake Tahoe resorts, it is similar to the Christmas storm from last year. Check out the video above of the storm sliding down the West Coast.
As I zoom in, you can see how the storm hits the mountain crest and flows over it. Snow shadowing is visible east of the crest. What is show shadowing? The easterly flow of the storm hits the mountain upslope causing the air to rise, enhancing precipitation. Once the air descends, on the downslope, or backside of the crest, the air compresses and dries, causing less precipitation. Pretty cool.
We are in an amplified pattern, just like cycle 2 of last year, this storm has similar setup tapping into Pacific moisture. We are still working on why some cycles are amplified, while others are not. We are getting
The snow continues for the Pacific Northwest for today and tonight adding another 4-6 inches for most resorts. Utah resorts get in on the action today thru Thursday morning, with 2-3 feet expected. Colorado overnight Wednesday and Thursday.
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