12 noon 2/5/15
Winds are picking up today ahead of a major weather event which will bring lots of rain below 7500 feet. The snow levels will vary all weekend long between 7000 feet and 8500 feet. Precipitation will pick up late Friday afternoon, become heavy overnight and last well into Saturday. Then there will be a break until Sunday afternoon as second wave pushes through. Very strong winds will accompany both events with sustained winds of of 100mph over the crest of the Sierra. We could get as much as 7 inches of water over the crest between Friday and Monday. As far as snow, lets just say we are confident we will make a dent in the snow pack, especially above 8000 feet, where 2 plus feet of Sierra cement will add much needed relief to our snow pack. This is a Kirkwood kind of storm! Things wind down on Monday morning as a ridge builds in. There is some hope in that the ridge will be slightly farther north than it has been for past 2 months. Next chance is around the 16th but really the last week in Feb. is looking promising. Long term Climate forecasts are showing Feb. to at about 125% of normal and March 160% of normal. I like those chances.