Now all eyes turn to the upcoming strong April storm that is on the way.
The NWS has issued a Winter Storm Watch and that should be upgraded to a full on warning over night.
If you’re heading out on the hill this Thursday expect winds to pick up during the day with gusts to 50-60 MPH over the higher elevations. High will be in the 40s and we should have increasing high clouds.
Thursday night a Strong Storm for the month of April is moving in. Water content from this moderate AR event will be in the 3-5+ inch range. That would add up to 3-5+ feet of snow for you powder hounds.
Snow levels look to start around 7500-8000 feet and then lower down about 500 feet on Friday. During the night on Friday there could be a brief period when they come up for a time and then drop down below 5000 feet for Saturday.
This system also has some high winds with it that will cause lift closers Friday into Saturday. Looks like the best days to get some fresh without all the closures will be Sunday into Tuesday.
Snowfall forecast are for the Sesame snow course (Main Lodge)
**Snowfall forecast confidence ranges from very low (1) to very high (5)
Wed 4/5 = 0”
Thu 4/6 = 0”
Fri 4/7 = 12 – 15” (H20 = 1.50” – 1.75”) **3
Sat 4/8 = 24 – 28” (H20 = 3.00” – 3.50”) **3
Sun 4/9 = 4 – 6” (H20 = 0.50” – 0.75”) **3
Storm Total = 38 – 49” (H20 = 5.00” – 6.00”) [5 – 6 feet up top]
Mon 4/10 = 0”
Tue 4/11 = 0”
Wed – Fri 4/12 – 14 = 3 – 12”
April Snowfall = 0”
April Forecast = 60 – 75”
Seasonal Snowfall = 547”
Seasonal Forecast = 600 – 625”
The base at Main is at the 175-inch mark, with over 300 inches over at the top of the mountain.
Looking at the Winter of 2017 we have not broken the snowfall records, but we have broken the all-time record for most precipitation in the area.
Over 88 inches of water is on Mammoth Pass at this time and that has broken the record from 1969. They started keeping records up at the pass back in 1940.
Mammoth Mountain has a deep moisture filled snow pack that will last right thru the summer.
The ski area is making plans at this time to run the mountain bike park out of Canyon Lodge, with skiing and snowboarding well into the summer out of Main Lodge via Gondolas 1 and 2.
This will be the rare year they you should be able to ski back to Main well into July.
Canyon and Eagle Lodges will stay open thru April 23rd and then lift operations will be out of Main Lodge. You will still be able to ski or ride down to Canyon, just have a car or taxi ready to get you out.
The longer range outlook beyond next Tuesday calls for a warm up to more normal temperatures for this time of year and more spring skiing and snowboarding. Here is the link to our detailed weather and powder outlook.
Ski ya later…. Snowman out.
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