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post #31 of 45

Sunday... MUST... WAIT... UNTIL... SUNDAY...

 

Major milestone achieved last Sunday - my wife called it good weather day (15F, 10-15mph wind):

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post #32 of 45

 

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This seems to be ready to happen, but Mt. Baker is too far north to get any of it.  Stevens Pass, on the other hand, is going to get puked on.  

And Crystal too:

 

 

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Today: Snow showers. High near 12. West southwest wind between 13 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow. Low around 4. West wind between 8 and 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.

Wednesday: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 23. East southeast wind 9 to 17 mph becoming southwest. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 19 to 25 inches possible.

Wednesday Night: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 23. West southwest wind between 17 and 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 9 to 13 inches possible.

 

 

post #33 of 45

Was up at Snoqualmie on MLK. It was snowing all day, sometimes very, very heavy. At least an inch an hour up top. Fresh refills, and light, fluffy pow. They have I-90 Eastbound closed for avy work until 11AM, or at least that was the radio report I had heard this morning. So you could have a situation in the passes, where getting to the goods on Wed. could be a problem.

 

I skied Stevens on Sunday, and it was some of the lightest pow I've skied in the Cascades. Still would hit some of the crunchy hard pack below. But all this new snow will eliminate that problem. More concerned about the conditions and what the freezing level will be on Thursday/Friday. Just hope it stays at or below pass level.

post #34 of 45
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Was up at Snoqualmie on MLK. It was snowing all day, sometimes very, very heavy. At least an inch an hour up top. Fresh refills, and light, fluffy pow. They have I-90 Eastbound closed for avy work until 11AM, or at least that was the radio report I had heard this morning. So you could have a situation in the passes, where getting to the goods on Wed. could be a problem.

 

I skied Stevens on Sunday, and it was some of the lightest pow I've skied in the Cascades. Still would hit some of the crunchy hard pack below. But all this new snow will eliminate that problem. More concerned about the conditions and what the freezing level will be on Thursday/Friday. Just hope it stays at or below pass level.


I skied at Baker both days and it was much as you describe.  Yesterday was fantastic.  Taking the day off today, but I'll be back at it tomorrow.  The scratchy stuff should be buried deep by then.  I haven't looked at Snoqualmie's forecast, but the one for Stevens looks good for the week.

 

post #35 of 45

I was at Stevens on Sunday and Monday.  Sunday in particular was crowded but enough snow to keep the surface from getting scraped.  More and more people going off-piste, first time I saw more fat powder skis on the slopes.  I did some night skiing, OMG!  No lines, perfect visibility, soft snow on pretty much every run.  Returned Monday, snowed the whole day, 15 degrees, nice snow consistency.  I looked at the their website and they got another 11" overnight.  It is a pity I had to go to work today.   It's even more of a pity that I might need to work Wednesday and Thuesday, with 4' of snow forecast.   

 

 


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post #36 of 45
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 It's even more of a pity that I might need to work Wednesday and Thuesday, with 4" of snow forecast.   

 

 



If you have to work you may not miss anything.  If it really snows 4 feet the highway may be closed.  Here's hoping I'm wrong.

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If you have to work you may not miss anything.  If it really snows 4 feet the highway may be closed.  Here's hoping I'm wrong.


Yeah, that's what I'm worried about at this point.  I'm aiming for Thursday, with Friday as a backup plan.  Hoping it doesn't take longer than that to sort things out, but a big slide across hwy 2 would put a significant dent in my plans.

post #38 of 45

NWS just updated their forecast, Stevens totals are down now too, this thing is going further south.  Still 1-2 feet on Wednesday (for now), but not the snowpocalypse that was originally forecast.

post #39 of 45

I'm just gonna ask what you consider "snowpocalypse"?

 

If it looks like knee to chest deep turns into the white room well past noon. And a point forecast & advisory for 2-3 feet more over the next 24 hours, I think the bar is likely to be cleared. biggrin.gif

 

Looks like the forecast has faded off a bit for the late part of the week, but things are still pretty nuts...

post #40 of 45

Snowpocylpse requires a 72 hour total of 72" in my book. Anything less is just "good times".

post #41 of 45
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I'm just gonna ask what you consider "snowpocalypse"?

 


 

2" at sea level. smile.gif

post #42 of 45

Governor just declared state of emergency for 8" in the lowlands. I kid you not.

post #43 of 45

It wasn't the just snow...it was the 1/2" ice that fell on top. Now most places in the PNW it's above freezing at pass levels, 3 feet of mashed tatters.

post #44 of 45

So I understand...but let's face it - Western Washington sucks at handling winter weather. On a brighter note the forecast for baker continues to shine:

 

Today: Snow. High near 26. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 13 mph increasing to between 21 and 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 26. Windy, with a south southeast wind between 23 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 15 to 21 inches possible.

Saturday: Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 30. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 26 to 29 mph decreasing to between 18 and 21 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.

Saturday Night: Snow showers. Low around 22. Southwest wind between 11 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Sunday: Snow. High near 28. South wind between 15 and 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

 

Base is now 144". Been pretty stellar lately.

post #45 of 45

My office was closed Wed-Thursday; I went to Stevens yesterday (Thursday).  Probably should have gone on Wednesday, I heard the snow was lighter.  It was pretty nice first thing in the am on Thursday, however I did not get an early start since I was waiting to hear if I had to work.  I didn't get to Stevens until about 11, and most of the mountain was tracked out and the snow was getting heavier.  STILL, there had been the threat of freezing rain, and fortunately it snowed the whole day.  Since they run the groomers in PM and there was a lot of new snowfall overnight, basically nothing was groomed. Good day to practice "crudology" skills

 

Stevens reports an 86" base (99" on top) and has received 238" of snow this year. The forecast calls for continued snowfall, 10-15 inches a day. 

 

I heard that the Hwy 410 was closed due to downed tress and about 200 skiers were "stuck" at Crystal.  They reportedly had enough accommodations for everyone.  The road was still closed this morning, so those 200 skiers have the mountain to themselves today. 

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