Sunday, April 5th, 2009: 


Summary:  0.5” snow total in Waterbury (495’) as of 7:30 A.M. EST


Sunday, April 5th, 2009:  6:00 A.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow:  0.2 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.06 inches

Snow/Water Ratio:  3.3

Snow Density:  30.0%

Temperature:  33.8 F

Humidity:  98%

Dew Point:  33.1 F

Barometer:  29.71 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Light/Moderate Snow

Storm snow total:  0.2 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.06 inches

Current snow at the stake:  Trace

Season snowfall total:  178.8 inches


As of about midnight here in Waterbury the precipitation was still a mix of rain and snow, and I don’t know when it switched over to fully snow, but it only started accumulating at around 6:30 A.M. or so.  It’s coming down in the form of moderately-sized flakes, at light to sometimes moderate intensity.  Up on the mountain they’ve already received 7 inches of new powder as of the 6:40 A.M. report and it continues to snow.  The snow seems to have been distributed throughout the resorts of the Green Mountain spine; here are the reports I’ve seen so far in the northern half of the state, listed north to south:


Jay Peak: 5”

Smugg’s: 2”

Stowe: 4”

Bolton: 7”

Mad River: 4”

Sugarbush: 4”

Killington: 7”

Okemo: 3”






Here’s an update on today’s weather in the Bolton Valley area.  We left the house (495’) in Waterbury at around 8:30 A.M. this morning, at which point we’d picked up 0.6 inches of snow, light snow was falling, and the temperature was a bit above freezing.  This storm didn’t have quite the dramatically sharp snow line that the Monday/Tuesday system did, and in fact we could see a very interesting array of snow accumulations on the trees along various ridge lines as we traveled through the Winooski Valley, possibly due to wind associated with this event.  In some hollows the snow was caked on the trees, while they’d been stripped on surrounding ridges.  Overall, the snow line was probably similar to the previous system, being around 500’ or maybe a bit higher.  Arriving up at the Bolton Valley Village (~2,100’), there were probably around 5 inches of new snow, and it was snowing lightly to moderately.  There was also substantial wind up on the mountain, probably up to 20 MPH at times.  That made estimates of snow depth a bit tough, but the mountain was reporting 7 inches of new on the high end, presumably up around 3,150’.  I’d say they had even more than the 7 inches on a lot of the upper mountain, as I consistently found areas with 8 to 10 inches in the mid mountain area that didn’t appear to be due to drifting.  During the morning it snowed generally lightly, and the snow was all needles.  I’m not sure if the whole storm was needles, but it was certainly densely-accumulated stuff like the Monday/Tuesday system.  In the afternoon we had another bout of snow that was a bit fluffier.  It was still comprised of needles, but they were gathering together to make some larger flakes up to probably 1/3 of an inch in diameter.  We finished off the day with a run down through the Timberline area, and the snow was certainly getting wet down below 2,000’.  At the Timberline base (~1,500’) at around 4:00 P.M. the temperature was probably in the mid 30s F.  Today was the last day of lift-served operation for Bolton Valley, and they finished off the season with 318” of snow, which is pretty close to average (~300’).  There were definitely some updates today on the snowfall from the Vermont resorts, and it looks like the Sugarbush/Mad River area did much better than their preliminary reports suggested.  Here’s the usual north to south list of storm totals along the Green Mountain spine:


Jay Peak: 7”

Smugg’s: 6”

Stowe: 6”

Bolton: 7”

Mad River: 8”

Sugarbush: 9”

Killington: 7”

Okemo: 1”


At the Mt. Mansfield stake (~3,700’) 7 inches of new snow were recorded today, and the snow depth is at 86 inches, only an inch off its high reading of the season back in February.  It looks like the next system on tap is the big midweek one, and following that there may be another one for next weekend.  It should be interesting to see where the snow depth at the stake ends up after those events.