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Steadily accumulating snow is ongoing once again here. We could make that run up to 7 or 8 inches depending on what we see on the back side with the meso effects. I know NWS has some uncertainties about exactly how that will set up and if there will even be Champlain Effect banding. I just hope it is blocked enough for a few hours to where we hit that warning level. 

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Event totals: 9.7” Snow/0.56” L.E.

 

Details from the 6:00 P.M. Waterbury observations:

 

New Snow: 2.9 inches

New Liquid: 0.20 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 14.5

Snow Density: 6.9% H2O

Temperature: 29.7 F

Sky: Light Snow (1-5 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 11.5 inches

 

Our NWS point forecast was for something in the 8”-14” range for this event, so we’ll have no problem achieving that.

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With the last 1"-1.5" of fluff overnight, we ended up around 10". I did a horrible job at measuring this storm but that seems about right.  If my neighbor said it was closer to 8.5", I wouldn't argue much either.

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Was surprised to find another 2.4 inches this morning, 11.4 total for the storm as of 6:30 am,.  Was still snowing at that time.  It was fun inching the Prius down the unpalyed driveway this morning.

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Event totals: 11.9” Snow/0.71” L.E.

 

I was up working at midnight, so I was able to make snow measurements at that point, and I’ve got those along with this morning’s standard 6:00 A.M. measurements.

 

Details from the 12:00 A.M. Waterbury observations:

 

New Snow: 1.3 inches

New Liquid: 0.10 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 13.0

Snow Density: 7.7% H2O

Temperature: 24.4 F

Sky: Light Snow (1-4 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 11.5 inches

 

Details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations:

 

New Snow: 0.9 inches

New Liquid: 0.05 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 18.0

Snow Density: 5.6% H2O

Temperature: 19.4 F

Sky: Light Snow (1-4 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 11.5 inches

 

The snow depth at the stake has started to stagnate with settling keeping pace with new accumulations, but the backside snow was really cranking when I left the house this morning, so we’ll see what that does today.  I reset our webcam snowboard this morning, and I can see that there are already a couple of new inches of accumulation, so I’ll have some additional snowfall to report on later today.

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School was canceled for my older son yesterday, so I was home with him.  Since the storm had only started up yesterday morning, we waited until midafternoon, the headed up to Bolton Valley for a quick ski tour in the new snow.

 

On the way up to the Village, we noted the state of the snow at the Timberline Base (1,500’) and one could certainly have made some turns there if they wanted to, but some of the taller brush was still showing so I’d say it wasn’t quite ready for prime time at that point.  We toured in the Wilderness area from 2,100’ up to around 2,800’, and we measured depths of the new snow in the 6” to 9” range, with some spots approaching 10” near the top of our ascent.  I’d say the accumulations up there at that point weren’t all that different than what we had down at the house, although the flakes were pretty small, and the powder a reasonable middle-weight variety, so I’d say they’d picked up more liquid equivalent.

 

In terms of the powder skiing, although it certainly wasn’t champagne dry snow, the moderate heft to it was decent for keeping you up off the base.  At this stage of the season we can of course use some snow with plenty of liquid in it to build the snowpack, and if what’s up there gets topped with fluff form the back side of the storm, it should produce some excellent powder skiing.  I’m sure they’ve had a few more inches up there now like we’ve had down at the house, but I’ve added a few shots from yesterday below:

 

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We ended up at about 14" though it's still snowing. Almost 2 feet since the weekend, not bad at all! We are well ahead of last year now (just updated the snow table). Headed to Boston for a few days, grrr... I'd rather be home!

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I’ve put together the north to south listing of available snowfall totals from the Vermont ski areas for this latest storm.  I’m using the available 48-hour, 72-hour or storm report snow totals for the list.

 

Jay Peak: 19”

Burke: 25”

Smuggler’s Notch: 25”

Stowe: 23”

Bolton Valley: 24”

Sugarbush: 14”

Pico: 20”

Killington: 20”

Okemo: 16”

Bromley: 12”

Magic Mountain: 14”

Stratton: 12”

Mount Snow: 15”

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3 minutes ago, J.Spin said:

I’ve put together the north to south listing of available snowfall totals from the Vermont ski areas for this latest storm.  I’m using the available 48-hour, 72-hour or storm report snow totals for the list.

 

Jay Peak: 19”

Burke: 25”

Smuggler’s Notch: 25”

Stowe: 23”

Bolton Valley: 24”

Sugarbush: 14”

Pico: 20”

Killington: 20”

Okemo: 16”

Bromley: 12”

Magic Mountain: 14”

Stratton: 12”

Mount Snow: 15”

Yea, that has to include the sun-mon snow for the northern mtns. Stowe had 7" Monday and that's the only way it gets to 23"...what's interesting is that Killington had ZERO monday. They just got crushed yesterday. 

 

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36 minutes ago, adk said:

Yea, that has to include the sun-mon snow for the northern mtns. Stowe had 7" Monday and that's the only way it gets to 23"...what's interesting is that Killington had ZERO monday. They just got crushed yesterday. 

 

Yeah, I’m guessing that must be the case.  For Stowe I can see that working out, since I had to use the 72-hour total since they don’t give a 48-hour total.  For those other northern mountains though, they’re calling it their 48-hour total, so it seemed like it would be mostly this latest storm, but I guess some of that lake-effect stuff was included in there as well.

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