Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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A lighter version of the same

Since Monday afternoon healthy snow accumulations of 6-15 inches have blanketed the Sierra slopes, particularly near-above 7000 ft north and west of the Lake and south along the higher terrain toward Mammoth. Limited amounts have occurred east of the Lake. Figure 1 provides an overview of accumulated liquid across the area.

With another small shortwave tonight and weaker one Friday, light snow, approx. 2-6+ inches, will continue re-coating the north-central Sierra, especially north and west of the Lake (Figure 2). Temperatures will gradually inch up as we approach the weekend as an upper-level ridge builds in and quiets activity Saturday through early next week.

  • Light snow tonight 2-4" above 7000 ft, an inch or less near Lake level, limited amounts east
  • A brief lull Thursday, snow showers becoming scattered allowing a few cracks of limited sun
  • Short-lived light snow on Friday 1-2" above 7000 ft
  • Quieter conditions and milder temperatures approaching for the weekend
Will issue a new post and a look ahead Friday.

Figure 1. 48 hour (Monday-Wednesday afternoon) liquid accumulation across the north-central Sierra.
Figure 2 illustrating the 72 hour snow accumulation (Wednesday-Saturday night). Courtesy of NOAA-WPC.


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