Crystal Mountain received a nice blanket of snow this weekend.
There’s about 8-12″ of snow in Green Valley, and its a nice dense base. One more storm like this and we can open the Gondola and Green Valley. The forecast for this weekend is calling for a few more systems starting on Friday. (The first system should be warm, which could actually help consolidate the base.) Here’s how the forecast discussion reads:
A WEAK UPPER SHORTWAVE IN THE NORTHWEST FLOW WILL MOVE ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA WEDNESDAY NIGHT...FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER WEAKER FEATURE THURSDAY OR THURSDAY NIGHT. THE SHORTWAVES WILL PROBABLY SCATTER SOME LIGHT SHOWERS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON AT TIMES. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE AROUND 3500 FT WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND RISE TO AROUND 4500 FT THURSDAY NIGHT...AND SHOWERS COULD BRING 2 TO 5 INCHES OF NEW SNOW TO THE CASCADES FROM AROUND STEVENS PASS NORTHWARD. MCDONNAL .LONG TERM...ANOTHER WEAK UPPER RIDGE WILL MOVE QUICKLY ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON FRIDAY MORNING...THEN A COLD FRONT WILL DIG SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY. A SECOND FRONT WILL FOLLOW QUICKLY ON SUNDAY...WITH A FAIRLY DEEP UPPER TROUGH DIGGING OVER THE REGION ON MONDAY. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL RISE TO AROUND 6000 TO 7000 FT AHEAD OF THE FIRST FRONT...THEN FALL TO AROUND 3500 FT ON SUNDAY AND MAYBE ALL THE WAY TO 2000 FT ON MONDAY. MODELS AGREE WELL ON THIS SCENARIO OVERALL. MCDONNAL
The bottom of Green Valley still needs a bit more snow. But currently it’s snowing lightly, and every little bit helps. What we need now is one of those big November snowfalls where it dumps 2 feet in 24 hours. (A girl can hope!)
Even if that doesn’t happen, since the crews this summer mowed down all the trees and brush in Green Valley and pretty much everywhere else on the main runs, it won’t take much to get open.
Let’s all start doing our snow dances (and ice-cube-flushing and frozen-spoon-under-the-pillow-sleeping) and get this season started!