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SNOW & COLD ON THE WAY
November 13, 2009
(SKY VALLEY) -- We may get a slight dusting of snow here in the foothills of the mighty Cascades late today (Friday) or tonight and up in the mountains some 4 inches of white stuff may fall..
The weather service has issued a statement of possible snow showers for the lowland areas of the Cascade Mountains.
The weather service statement verbatim is below:
“A Vigorous Cold Front will Pass Southeast Across Western Washington Friday Morning, Bringing Rain, Mountain Snows, Locally Windy Conditions and Possibly Snow Showers to Parts of The Lowlands.
South winds in Advance of the Front will Increase Late Thursday night Into Early Friday Morning, Mainly Along the Coast and Parts Of The Northwest Interior Including the Admiralty Inlet Region.
Wind Speeds in Those Areas are Expected to Reach 20 to 30 MPH with A Few Gusts to 45 MPH, Mainly in and around the Island county Area.
After the Front Passes, winds will Become West to Southwest Down The Strait of Juan De Fuca and Across the Northwest Interior Before Diminishing Through the Afternoon.
While Below Wind Advisory Criteria, Wind of this Strength Could Blow Down a Few
Tree Limbs Here and There with Isolated Power Outages.
Colder Air will Surge in Behind the Front and Lower Already Low Snow Levels Across the Region. During the Morning Hours Ahead Of The Front the Snow Level will be around 1500 to 2000 Feet.
The Snow Level will then Gradually Drop Through the Day Friday to around 500 Feet by Evening. This Means Some of the Highest Hills around The Region Could See a Few Snow Showers Late Friday Into Friday Evening.
However, Outside of the Mountains or the Immediate Cascade Foothills, Little to No Snow Accumulation is Expected.
Dry and Tranquil Weather will Return to the Region Late Friday Night Into Saturday.”
End of statement
STEVENS PASS RESORT OPENING INFO:
Stevens Pass ski resort does not plan to open this weekend, as of last report. The resort currently has a 30-inch snow base.
Overall, the mountain is shaping up and groomers have been out track packing snow there is but the resort still needs more accumulation before we it can expect it to reasonably sustain grooming equipment and prolonged skier/snowboarder use.
And in a statement released by the resort, “Just as important too is being somewhat confident that subsequent weather patterns will help to sustain what we have accumulated. Meaning sustained cold temperatures and/or more snow in the forecast. It is difficult to give a specific amount needed, since it depends on the snows density, moisture content and numerous other factors.”
Skiers and snowboarders can keep a visual eye on snow at the resort by using the web cams on Sky Valley Chronicle’s home page. Look at upper right hand corner of front page where it says “TRAFFIC CAMS”, click on that link and scroll down to see the two Stevens Pass resort web cams.
Stevens Pass is currently are on a Monday through Friday schedule.