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Getting hosed in WA

post #1 of 22
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We get a great November and then December shows up with two weeks of sunshine and then finally the low pressure returns with precipitation and the freezing level goes all the way up to 10,000 feet!
post #2 of 22
At least you had some snow.....we are still waiting for it to appear, and the prospects look dim.
post #3 of 22
There's a warm storm on its way to Tahoe too - forecasters are calling for rain up to and above 8,000 feet!!! :
post #4 of 22
Thunder on the west slope as we post.

Hey, this is California, thunderstorms? :
post #5 of 22
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Strong moist southwest flow aloft is maintaining periods of
generally light to moderate precipitation at continued very high
freezing levels Tuesday afternoon. Little precipitation has
reached the Mt Hood area Tuesday with the bulk of the
precipitation focus in the north over the Mt Baker area where 1.3
inches has fallen since 4 am. Continued surface easterly flow
through the Cascade passes is maintaining freezing rain there.
This weather pattern is the result of a broad upper trough of low
pressure established in the eastern north Pacific. This has
shifted the upper ridge east of the region and set up a mild and
wet southwest flow into the Pacific Northwest. This pattern is
expected to bring a series of frontal systems through the region
over the next several days. Freezing levels remain near 10,000
feet in the central Washington Cascades as of Tuesday afternoon
producing rain to high elevations over most of the Cascades and
Olympics. The southerly flow aloft has limited precipitation
along the Cascade crest with the heaviest precipitation falling
over the volcanic peaks and south slopes of the Olympics. A cold
front is slowly moving east across the region Tuesday afternoon
producing renewed precipitation and strong winds with freezing
levels beginning to lower behind the front Tuesday night.
Continued easterly flow through the passes should maintain
freezing rain at times, especially from about Tuesday afternoon
through Tuesday evening.

The next storm in line to move across the region is now
developing well west of California and poised to renew
precipitation, winds and raise freezing levels midday Wednesday
and Wednesday night. Precipitation associated with the developing
warm front should reach the Olympics Wednesday morning and
increase in the Washington Cascades and Mt Hood area near midday
Wednesday through Wednesday night. Easterly flow through the
passes should once again cause freezing rain through Wednesday
night. A wind shift to westerly flow is expected late Wednesday
night or early Thursday morning. This should change the
precipitation type to rain over the passes and east approaches
sometime overnight Wednesday
post #6 of 22

whew!

It looks as if we're in for some wet snow at Mt Bachelor, but no rain is forecast up on the cone at this point.

Click Map for Point ForecastLat/Lon: 43.985 -121.694 Elevation: 7062ft
For: Mount Bachelor .
Created: December 20, 2005 17:33:11 PST

This Afternoon: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow. Probability of measurable precipitation 50 percent. South wind 22 mph. High 40.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow. Snow accumulation 1 inch. Probability of measurable precipitation 50 percent. South wind 22 mph. Low 32.

Wednesday: Snow. Snow accumulation 2 inches. Probability of measurable precipitation 80 percent. Southwest wind 16 mph. High 38.

Wednesday Night: Snow. Snow accumulation 3 inches. Probability of measurable precipitation 80 percent. South wind 15 mph. Low 29.

Thursday: Snow. Snow accumulation 2 inches. Probability of measurable precipitation 80 percent. Southwest wind 16 mph. High 40.

Thursday Night: Snow. Snow accumulation 4 inches. Probability of measurable precipitation 80 percent. Low 28.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow. Snow accumulation 1 inch. Probability of measurable precipitation 20 percent. High 34.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow. Probability of measurable precipitation 30 percent. Low 29.
post #7 of 22

Getting hosed in Whistler

Ditto for Whistler. Snow yesterday, rain today right to the top

Gotta love it! I even heard the 'R' word today on Whistler's snow phone. Not what I wanted to hear but at least someone was being honest!

Hmm... wonder what tomorrow will bring? There's a series of fronts lined up. We just need the freezing levels to drop.
post #8 of 22
Yep,
I grew up in WA and remember the frustration..on a good note they gave away free rain ponchos at Stevens Pass,,the Pineapple Express givith/taketh
post #9 of 22

Hosed in WA

Ditto Northern Idaho. Sat and Sun the low at my house (3,000ft) was a high of 23 and a low of 7 - Tuesday low of 34 and high of 41 and it is raining today -Wed- and raining on the mountains Schweitzer, 49, Silver and Lookout. Whata mess. The same as last year. UGH!
post #10 of 22
I was thinking about escaping the rain by doing a 10-14 day tour: Seattle->UT->Jackson->Big Sky->Sun Valley->home. But the weather of the next 2 or 3 weeks is looking a little flakey out there as well.

I might have to go visit my buddy in North Carolina (!) to find snow. How embarassing is that? "Dude, you mind if I fly out and ski? In North Carolina? In January?" Ugh.
post #11 of 22
You would be better off going to the Front Range and hitting those places for a few days.
post #12 of 22
And now for the good news. It's cooling off and starting to snow in the Mts. 30 degrees @ 6000 ft. Bachelor. Ok so it's not Blower Pow but at least there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Live in Washington and going on a ski trip to N.C. that's just wrong in so many ways.
post #13 of 22
Finally, the forcast (http://www.nwac.noaa.gov/products/SABNW) is looking a little more promising:

...
However, the break in the weather should be very brief, with
extended forecast models indicated a very stormy end to the year
as several increasingly strong weather disturbances track over
the region in a gradually strengthening and slowly cooler west to
southwest upper flow.
...
post #14 of 22
Skied at Stevens on Wednesday. It was interesting. It had been raining and 25 degrees on Tuesday. It was still cold, but what was coming out of the sky was a little snow and ice pellets. There had been freezing fog over much of the hill overnight and it was still a happening thing at the time I was there. The groomers were somewhat OK. I could get a bite on them anyway. You could not really ski off the groomed, it was completely solid. There was NOBODY there. You could ski as fast as you wanted. I realized that I was the only person skiing Big Chief for a while. I got bored with just going fast and left after a couple of hours, but I got in a lot of vertical in a short time.

Keep your eyes open, somtimes you can get lucky. I had some good fun.
post #15 of 22

Mt Bachelor


Temperature
Base (F)33º Mid-Mountain (F)32º
Snowpack
Base (inches) 60.5" Mid-Mountain (inches) 71"
Snowfall
Last 48hrs 1.5" [View Details] Last 24hrs 1.5" [View Details] Last Reported (inches) 1.5"
Weather
Snowing. Low visibility.

It sure looks wet and drizzly up there; oh well, it's conditions like these that bring true meaning to the creed: "All terrain, all conditions"
post #16 of 22
Go to Utah my friends. Just got back-it's warm but still dumping heavy skiable powder.
post #17 of 22
Crystal wasn't bad today. The week of warm rain did bad things but there was a fair bit of fresh, if heavy, snow today.

Not a great day for me, though. I'm getting spoiled skiing on weekdays. Weekend (or holiday week) skiing is like playing Frogger. People so crazy!
post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
Not a great day for me, though. I'm getting spoiled skiing on weekdays. Weekend (or holiday week) skiing is like playing Frogger. People so crazy!
I had exactly the same experience last week; have been skiing weekdays out of the back of my car for too long and forgot what a zoo the holiday/weekend crowd is!
post #19 of 22

stevens rain pounchos

so Stevens gave out free rain pounchos the other day. Whippee!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is the only thing they will give away.

Tell me to get a life or drop it but I'm still pissed about last years descision not to accept the season passes from last year for this year.

For them it's all about the bottom line(profit). Does anybody have any idea what percentage of of last years season holders renewed for this year.

Long live freezing weather and precipitation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #20 of 22

true, true

holy cow, DG - we are right next door to you in Silver Firs


Had to laugh about the free ponchos at Stevens - we were up on Monday and I kept asking "who would buy those things?" they were everywhere.

Heading up tomorrow - worried it'll be packed but at least the backside is open again
post #21 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by KauaiShan
Heading up tomorrow - worried it'll be packed but at least the backside is open again
Just got back from two days at Stevens, yesterday (Tuesday) and today. They got some decent snow and there was a lot of fresh stuff both days. To beat the crowds get there before they open and ski your butt off until lunch time. The noon hordes really filled the place up, comparitively. I didn't stand in a line before 11:30 and got in lots of early vertical. At 11:45 I noticed that they were linining up on highway 2 to get into the parking lot.
post #22 of 22
Anyone been skiing Crystal this week? I've been laid up with tonsilitis for 3 days and watdching the snow come down is kill'n me. I'm going out tomorrow, though.

The crowds will probably be insane; holiday weekend and all.
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