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Eastern US pattern change...how will this affect the west?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
As everyone knows its been an awful winter in the east if you're a cold/snow lover (and we all are right?). Most experts agree that although it gets milder this weekend, beginning next week we may be in for a PROTRACTED cold and hopefully snowy period in the East. With the East frigid, normally this could mean a ridge in the West with warmer temps for them.

Any Western weather experts heard anything regarding a warmer pattern change for you? Hopefully not since I will be in SLC in early Feb!:

Thanks.
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According to the NWS we're about to have a nice "REX block" in the Eastern Pacific with troughs in the Eastern US and in the Western Pacific holding it in place for at least 3 weeks or so. This means precip in the East and NOTHING in the west. When we get these high pressure blocks in the West we inetvitably get a few inversions with warm up in the mountains which melt and consequently crustify the snow....so unless this block breaks down early February looks to be the wrong time to head anywhere in the West.

but the nws guys have been wrong about pretty much everything so far this winter so take it fwiw.
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Agree w/ X-EC. Long range models (14 day) show NOTHING after this currrent storm, although we will be under a very cold arctic flow for the next week, with a few embeded shortwaves (small storms) that have a long overland fetch, which usually produce super light fluffy storms with little moisture. After that, watch for inversions to set up. Cold down low in the valleys but glorious in the mts. It gets a little too warm (40s) sometimes for super fresh snow, but it re-crystallizes at night for some good depth hoar powder in the BC. Bring sunscreen.

Powdr
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Figures guys. I could go to the north pole for skiing and it would be in the 50's!!! Oh well even the Wasatch with NO new snow is better than 99% of the places on earth!!!!

Maybe my luck will change and it will start dumping there in early Feb.....
post #5 of 8
Early Feb is still three weeks out. By then [hopefully] the high will have moved and a return to storminess ought to have occured. Even in the Wasatch, we have 1 - 2 two week lulls, just about every year.
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Originally Posted by Powdr View Post
Even in the Wasatch, we have 1 - 2 two week lulls, just about every year.
That's how you can tell my travel dates
post #7 of 8
It's 9 F at my house. Right now. It's expected to stay that way through at least Tuesday. High's around 12 F in Denver. Colder in the mountains.
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Fooey and I will there in 11 days..errrr! Well I'm not exactly confident in the weather people...so I will hope they are wrong
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