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US Extended Snowfall Outlook
March 27, 2017

This week, specifically Tuesday and Wednesday, the northern New Mexico and Taos Ski Valley will get hammered by heavy snow ...show up Thursday for the goods, plus sunshine...

-Below we see an animation of the Tuesday through Wednesday (snow storm) time frame...

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then... this Friday through Sunday we see another big storm moving through on a similar track, for another probably huge dump of snow for Taos Ski Valley. More storms will follow even this...

CM
Tahoe - Mammoth
FORECAST DISCUSSION Jan 06, 2017 - Friday at 4:27am PST
Friday --> Tahoe-Mammoth are going to get hammered!!! - The BIG news is the atmospheric river or "Pineapple Express" pattern setting up for northern California this weekend and into Monday. We will get to the facts; Models are predicting 9 to 11" of liquid equivalent precipitation for the region starting Saturday and through Monday. The snow starts flying again on Saturday, and snow levels will quickly rise to 5,000 in the morning, then 7,000 feet by Saturday afternoon. It looks like 1/2 to 1 foot of snow will fall, then (The Bad news) - By Saturday night and Sunday, when the heaviest rain and snow arrives, snow levels rise to 8,000 and even 9,000 feet at times, with over 9" (and up to 11") of water expected to fall. Dew point temperatures at 5,000 feet will be in the 43-48F range by Saturday night, so definitely rain at 5,000 feet, and up to 8,000 feet or so. The high snow levels continue through Sunday night. We would recommend not heading up for this on Sunday unless you want to be rained on. Mammoth, with a base at around 8,000 feet, and Kirkwood, with a base at 7,800 feet, will fare best, and snowfall totals just for Saturday and Sunday combined (through Sunday night), could yield 80 to 110" of snow!!!!! Between Saturday morning, and Sunday night, 80-110" of snow is possible for areas above 8,000 feet! (The good news) - By Monday snow levels drop back down to below resort elevations, and a series of colder storms blasts through northern California from then through Thursday, with 5 to 7 FEET of (by then, after the wet weather) much needed fresh snowfall across Tahoe and Mammoth!  CM

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CUSTOM FORECAST DETAILS
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↑39° / 4c°

↓30° / -1c°

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Sky Condition

Mostly sunny

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

None Expected

Wind

From the NE at 8 to 14 MPH.

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↑46° / 8c°

↓32° / 0c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Partly cloudy

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

Partly Cloudy (Potential precip: 0.03in, 0.85mm)

Wind

From the ENE at 6 to 19 MPH.

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↑34° / 1c°

↓21° / -6c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Windy with snow showers likely

Snow Potential

We are expecting 3 to 5 inches of snowfall (8 to 13cm)

Precipitation

70% chance for snow. (Potential precip: 0.32in, 8.02mm)

Wind

From the WSW at 14 to 24 MPH, with gusts up to 39MPH.

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↑43° / 6c°

↓28° / -2c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Sunny

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

None Expected

Wind

From the ENE at 18 to 25 MPH.

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↑50° / 10c°

↓30° / -1c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Mostly sunny

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

None Expected

Wind

From the ENE at 7 to 18 MPH.

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↑48° / 9c°

↓28° / -2c°

Mountain Graphic

Sky Condition

Mostly sunny

Snow Potential

None Expected

Precipitation

None Expected

Wind

From the SW at 8 to 14 MPH.

We have the highest base elevation for any major ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area. Kirkwood also has the most snowfall this season for any resort in the Sierra. The mountain is often frequented by pro riders and skiers because the terrain is the most diverse of the local ski resorts. You can spend the day turning down a groomed run, shooting the half pipes, jibs, and rails in our terrain parks, bombing down a hair raising steep thick with untracked powder, or hucking yourself off a cornice at the peak. Whatever your preference, Kirkwood can accomodate it. Named one of the top 10 over all resorts in TransWorld Snow, Kirkwood is truly a Tahoe “must ski/ride.” Offering Lake Tahoe’s highest base elevation for some of North America’s deepest, driest snow. 2,300 acres of wide-open terrain promises something for everyone, from gentle groomed trails to hair-raising steeps and chutes. The resort was rated amongst the top 10 places to learn to ski by USA today and offers innovative First-Time Skier and Snowboarding programs on its wide, gentle slopes. The Children’s Center makes skiing more convenient for families and fun for kids. Kirkwood also features a freestyle terrain park, half pipe, tubing hill, 80k of scenic cross country skiing, dog sled rides, and more. Looking for an escape from the frenzy of the modern world? Surrounded in every direction by endless miles of Wilderness and Forest Service Land, Kirkwood offers the unique balance of a world-class mountain with all the creature comforts in a pristine sanctuary.