Tahoe – ‘Earliest return of winter conditions since 1969′

Just 96 days since the last snow!

4 Oct 11 – Unusually cold weather headed for Northern California today will bring the earliest return of winter conditions to Tahoe since 1969, according to weather forecasters.

The National Weather Service in Hanford, California earlier today forecast up to 20 inches of snow for the higher elevations.

According to the Central Sierra Snow Lab, this will be the shortest duration between snow storms since 1969. The lab – located in Norden – got its last measurable snow on July 1 – 96 days ago.

“It’s unusual for fall,” said Steve Anderson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Monterey. “This is more typical of a winter storm.”

http://www.ktvu.com/news/29385123/detail.html

Thanks to Julian Curtis Lee, Peter Pesola, Tom Weatherby, Benjamin Napier and Dr Bill Wilden for this link


6 thoughts on “Tahoe – ‘Earliest return of winter conditions since 1969′”

  1. Certainly very early, considering it’s only Oct 5th. Last year places like Squaw Valley had over 800″ snow, the most ever on record.
    Skiers delight ! Lets see how much we can expect this year.

  2. Looks like this storm will have enough punch to hit the southern rockies here in Colorado. Up to 18 inches of snow is predicted through Friday. See below:

    URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
    426 AM MDT WED OCT 5 2011

    COZ066-068-051630-
    /O.UPG.KPUB.WS.A.0009.111006T0600Z-111007T1200Z/
    /O.NEW.KPUB.WS.W.0013.111006T0600Z-111007T1200Z/
    LA GARITA MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FT-
    EASTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000 FT-
    INCLUDING…NORTH PASS…CUMBRES PASS…WOLF CREEK PASS
    426 AM MDT WED OCT 5 2011

    …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM
    MDT FRIDAY…

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PUEBLO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
    WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
    MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO
    LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * LOCATION…EASTERN SAN JUAN AND LA GARITA MOUNTAINS ABOVE 10000
    FEET.

    * CA– USE AND TIMING…A STRONG STORM SYSTEM DROPPING INTO THE GREAT
    BASIN WILL PRODUCE HEAVY SNOW ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS
    LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATION…SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM 8 TO 12 INCHES
    WITH LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 18 INCHES ACROSS THE FAVORED
    SOUTHWEST FACING SLOPES OF THE EASTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS.

    * WIND…SOUTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH AT
    TIMES.

    * IMPACT…SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CA– USE TREACHEROUS TRAVEL
    CONDITIONS ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN PASSES…SUCH AS WOLF CREEK…LATE
    TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.

  3. Same in the flat lands, rain wise. I’ve been here all my life in Nor Cal. That is nearly half a century. I don’t recall (based on competent sentience since say about age 4) any dry season being this short. Sure, we’d get out mid summer SW Monsoon action some years but that does not count. In terms of mid latitude systems, this past dry season has been the shortest in nearly half a century.

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