We have been watching the blogs and texts from the local and national weather gurus and all are indicating that it is very likely that we’ll all be shoveling snow as we used to if all of their predictions come to life. And won’t that be great!
Read and absorb the following update as you so choose and in the meantime … enjoy what’s left of this beautiful fall season as it will be snowing before we know it!
WHAT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PREDICTS
Remember La Nina? When this weather pattern sets up along the coast, it means (in general) that the ski areas in the northern half of the US will see better ski conditions than our friends in the South.
And, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) today, “the ski areas in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast could see big winters with copious amounts of snowfall.”
Highlights: United States Weather Overview for Winter 2016 – 2017
- Cold: Northern Plains, Upper Midwest, New England, New York state, West Coast
- Warm: Southern Plains, Southeast
- Wet: Pacific Northwest, Bitterroots (western Montana/Idaho), parts of the Ohio Valley, Tennessee Valley
- Dry: Southern Plains, Gulf/Southeast coast including Florida, Southern California, Desert Southwest
WHAT ABOUT THE HIGH SIERRA? An important note to all who are looking for a laser-sharp prediction for Truckee/Tahoe … they continue to note: “The wildcard seems to be the Southwest, whose “balmy and wet” forecast is giving Sierra skiers conditions that are akin to the 2010/2011 La Niña season.”
AND WHAT ABOUT SNOW v/s RAIN? Their reference to a “wet winter” out west is further defined with regard to precipitation. A recent article from the Almanac encourages the East Coast to get their snow blowers ready and the folks out West to load up on umbrellas; further noting: “An active storm track from the Pacific will deliver a dose of above-normal precipitation across the Western States.”
WHO IS THE BEST FORECASTER FOR OUR REGION? There is certainly some good advice to be found on-line or on the local networks. However, our favorite is Snow Forecaster Bryan Allegretto. He seems to have a good pulse on the Tahoe region. You can sign up for his forecasts by visiting this link.
In closing, here are few more quotes that got our attention.
“While last winter was a reprieve from shoveling and high fuel bills, the party is over. According to the 2017 Farmers’ Almanac, winter is back!” – Farmer’s Almanac
“New England and New York will have an “ice cold and snow-filled” ski season. Meanwhile, the Rocky Mountain region and Pacific northwest are looking towards average to colder-than-average winters with average to above-average snowfall totals.