Snowmaking weather this weekend, but overall winter is on hold

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My elementary school teacher used to preach the whole "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" thing. In that spirit, I'll keep today's blog brief.

Before I get into nasty, dirty words like "blowtorch" and "warm sector" let me say I was really humbled by the number of Loafer fans I met on the slopes last weekend. You all made me and my wife feel very welcomed and at home, despite her relative new-ness to skiing. And even though it was -2 F on Sunday morning, we had a great time:

Now onto the part where you don't like me anymore.

This Weekend will be good for snowmaking:  

After a big, strong thaw on Wednesday and Thursday an arctic front will crash through the mountains on Friday morning. That will drive in cold air from the northwest and perhaps create a few snow squalls along the way.

The amount of snow the Loaf will pick up from the snow squalls is probably very minor, but the more important thing is that it will open up a window for snowmaking from Friday afternoon into at least Monday morning. Temperatures will be cold for sure, but just short of the frigid levels of last weekend.

I'd say a high around 16-17 F on Saturday and more like 24 F on Sunday. On the plus side, it'll be mostly sunny and winds will settle down by Saturday morning.  

They don't ask me these kind of questions really, it's above my pay grade, but I say BLOW SNOW ALL WEEKEND....because next week looks a bit rough.  

Winter on Pause:  

By Tuesday the lack of synoptic scale cold in the CONUS is pretty dire. If you just showed me the 850 mb temperature map with no context I'd say..."Late April?"

No purple= No love.

That pattern remains in place through the end of next week. After that we will see if we can break off a lobe of colder air and get the season back on track. Thank God for the strong base already on the hill.  

Carson out.

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