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MLK western weather jinx?

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So we have been heading west every MLK week for the past six or seven years (flying in the week before and flying out on MLK day or the day before) visiting Whistler, and various Lake Tahoe, Colorado and Utah ski areas.  For the most part every single year we have been under strong high pressure with no snow of any kind.  Normally very cold, but sunny.  Now bluebird days are very nice but doesn't every Eastern skier deserve a snowy week out West every once in a while?  Maybe this is a typical pattern in the West for the first half of January?  This year is shaping up the same LOL and we are headed to Snowmass a week from Tuesday!  Sorry guys I brought the jinx to the Aspen area!  ;)

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People talk about a January lull here in the Cascades, and also at Sun Valley, for 2-3 weeks or so. I've noticed it and it seems to be a thing, though it would be interesting to see if the stats back this up.

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People talk about a January lull here in the Cascades, and also at Sun Valley, for 2-3 weeks or so. I've noticed it and it seems to be a thing, though it would be interesting to see if the stats back this up.


I've noticed it too, but every time I've looked at stats for multiple years, I don't see it.  Maybe it's psychological, like: "It's January, it's winter, it should snow all of the time."  And when it doesn't, then we really notice.

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I have looked back through pics of our MLK trips and I'm telling you the first couple of weeks in January are normally very quiet..."under a ridge of dreaded high pressure".  The last couple of weeks normally get snowy....like the day we leave LOL.  This year is no exception...we arrive on 1/13 and fly out on 1/18.  I noticed on Opensnow.com the following quote....note we LEAVE on 1/18.  Makes me a little sad, I'm not gonna lie! :)

 

Longer range: Most models are showing a return to cooler and snowier weather starting sometime during the week of January 18th, and this would also follow the pattern we've seen this winter where the beginning of each month is warmer and drier while the end of each month is colder and snowier. So in summary, the next two weeks could offer a few weaker storms, primarily between the 10th-13th, and then we'll look for a pattern change starting around or after the 18th for hopefully colder and snowier weather for the end of the month.

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