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March 12-13 Winter Storm Observations Thread

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Radarman and Ski Mrg Pete are headed up for first chair, hope the wind cooperates for you guys,should be fun.

 

Yeah, there are definitely some robust gusts out there this mornin', not sure if gap winds or what. . ... MRG homepage not saying anything about that yet aside from that they "plan to" spin the usual weekday 3 of 5 lifts and reporting wind out of the W at 11 at the base. I've got skins though and will earn my turns if necessary.

 

MRG says 20" so far. I can't find a yardstick in this house so am not going to try to measure myself ... I can say it's 0F on the window thermometer (0.9F at the base) and show the difference here in 24 hours:

 

Yesterday, 8:40 a.m.

 

wx0312_0840.jpg

 

Today, 7:30 a.m. (yes there is drifting involved)

 

wx0313_0730.jpg

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Holy crap, whiteout in Ginxy special blowing snow. Rt 108 barely moving through the fields...massive snow transport going on.

4-5" of champagne pow overnight moving around easily at single digits.

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Man! 1" total in Slingerlands. I must be like 1/2 mile too far west...missed the MHC band. Bummer!

MHC pretty much saved the storm here... KALB picked up 5" of snow in a 3 hour span (three of those inches in one hour). 

 

I should mention that its still snowing... not at heavy as earlier, but it looks like there is some reflectivity enhancement upstream.

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The snow growth is awesome. I may eek out way more than I thought.

 

 

The backlash/deformation band is looking pretty decent for the next couple hours

 

 

Mar13_8am_Radar.gif

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According to radar, this band is dying. ...ground truth, it is absolutely dumping. Very tough to measure because of the wind, but I'd say .5" in the last 20 minutes.

 

Much of this snow is going to be forming below the radar beam, especially the farther you are from BOX (or BTV or GYX).

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MRG just updated home page to say 22" as far as they can tell. I just talked to their snow reporter and he said whether there will be wind holds is the question of the day ... windiest at mid-mountain right now.

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ORH over to moderate snow

 

KORH 131154Z 30021G31KT 1/2SM R11/4000V5000FT SN FZFG VV012 M12/M14 A2922 RMK AO2 PK WND 30033/1134 SLP908 P0000 60000 70053 I6002 T11171139 11022 21117 53040

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This deformation band is really producing

 

AFN to S+

 

KAFN 131205Z AUTO 34006G17KT 1/4SM +SN VV009 M12/M15 A2926 RMK AO2 P0001 T11171150

 

ORE also mdoerate

 

KORE 131205Z AUTO 32020G30KT 1/2SM SN VV019 M12/M16 A2934 RMK AO2 PK WND 31030/1158 P0000 T11171156

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Wouldn't surprise me to see some spots pick up another inch or so out of this on top of whatever already has fallen. Maybe even a lucky lolli 2" where the heaviest band rolls through

 

 

Mar13_815am_Radar.gif

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Wouldn't surprise me to see some spots pick up another inch or so out of this on top of whatever already has fallen. Maybe even a lucky lolli 2" where the heaviest band rolls through

 

 

Mar13_815am_Radar.gif

16-20 SR and still dumping

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Based on intenstity and duration, I probably picked up about an 1" from the band that went through. Impossible to measure given the wind.  In fact, seeing the same bare spots after the band makes me wonder how much might have come down overnight.

 

Now down to a steady llght snow, decent flakes.

 

8.1/4

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Wouldn't surprise me to see some spots pick up another inch or so out of this on top of whatever already has fallen. Maybe even a lucky lolli 2" where the heaviest band rolls through

 

 

Mar13_815am_Radar.gif

Call me crazy but I think I'm nearing 2.5". I had close to 1" at 6am.

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Based on intenstity and duration, I probably picked up about an 1" from the band that went through. Impossible to measure given the wind. In fact, seeing the same bare spots after the band makes me wonder how much might have come down overnight.

Now down to a steady llght snow, decent flakes.

8.1/4

That was a good band, huh? Pretty decent 45 minutes or so. Guess .75 to 1 new like you said, impossible to measure.

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Wrap around never works

 

 

I was thinking of the like 80 posts I read saying that the past 2-3 days. :lol:

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