February 8th – 9th, 2011 Waterbury, Vermont Winter Storm Weather Summary

 

 

Monday, February 07, 2011

 

 

There were some flakes early this morning in Burlington in association with that middle and upper level flow event that the NWS mentioned, but that activity seemed to be done by about 8:00 A.M.  I didn’t see anything falling for the rest of the day until around 4:30 P.M. when flakes started to fly again.  It was just flurries, and that’s really all I’ve seen both in Burlington and in Waterbury this afternoon and into the early evening, although there was bit more intensity as I headed into the mountains.  The intensity of the snowfall has been slowly increasing through the evening though, and as of 9:00 P.M. there’s light snow falling here in Waterbury with 0.2 inches of accumulation on the snowboard.  The NWS discussion suggests 2 to 4 tonight and a total for the event of 4 to 6 inches.

 

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM TUESDAY MORNING/...

AS OF 439 PM EST MONDAY...A SHARP UPPER TROUGH WILL MOVE SOUTHEAST FROM THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES TONIGHT AND WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REGION ON TUESDAY. THIS TROUGH IS HELPING TO PULL MOISTURE NORTHEAST FROM THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS AS EVIDENCED FROM THE SATELLITE LOOP HAVE EXTENDED THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY TO THE SAINT LAWRENCE VALLEY IN NORTHERN NEW YORK. EXPECTING 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW OVERNIGHT...WITH SNOW CONTINUING INTO TUESDAY MORNING.

 

.SHORT TERM /6 AM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/... AS OF 439 PM EST MONDAY...HAVE GONE WITH CATEGORICAL POPS FOR SNOW TUESDAY MORNING...BEFORE GRADUALLY TAPERING OFF TO SNOW SHOWERS TUESDAY AFTERNOON. EXPECTING A STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 6 INCHES...WITH SOME LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE OVER THE ADIRONDACKS AND GREEN MOUNTAINS.

 

 

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

 

 

Event totals: 1.0” Snow/0.09” L.E.

Tuesday 2/8/2011 6:00 A.M. update:  There was exactly an inch on the snowboard this morning at observation time, with light snow falling comprised of fairly small, 1-2 mm flakes.  Below I’ve added in some of the 24-hour snow totals I’ve seen for Vermont ski areas this morning, listed north to south:

 

Jay Peak: 3”

Smuggler’s Notch: 3”

Stowe: 3”

Bolton Valley: 3”

Mad River Glen: 2”

Sugarbush: 3”

Pico: 2”

Killington: 2”

Magic Mountain: 3”

Stratton: 3”

Mount Snow: 2”


Based on the ski area reports, it looks like a very consistent 2 to 3 inches fell across the Green Mountains up to this point in the event.  Some details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations are below:

New Snow: 1.0 inches
New Liquid: 0.09 inches
Snow/Water Ratio: 11.1
Snow Density: 9.0% H2O
Temperature: 32.5 F
Sky: Light Snow (1-2 mm flakes)
Snow at the stake: 27.0 inches

 

 

j24vt, on 08 February 2011 - 02:25 PM, said:

Snowing like crazy at Stowe Mountain; not a single flake falling in the village of Stowe. The perfect storm, great skiing and no shoveling.

 

Some of the local resorts have made midday updates to accumulations, so here are the latest storm totals I’ve seen:

 

Stowe: 6” (12:00 PM)

Bolton Valley: 6” (11:30 AM)

Sugarbush: 5” (2:00 PM)

Killington: 5”

 

I’m guessing those numbers will increase a bit more since the snow is still falling.

 

 

Event totals: 3.4” Snow/0.28” L.E.

Tuesday 2/8/2011 6:00 P.M. update:  I didn’t find much in the way snow on my car in Waterbury, perhaps ½” of snow, but I found 2.4” on the snowboard at the house.  As expected, the ski areas have picked up more snow and some are into double digits for this event – some updates totals are below:

 

Smuggler’s Notch: 10” (3:31 PM)

Stowe: 6” (5:00 PM)

Bolton Valley: 10” (2:35 PM)

Mad River Glen: 8”

Sugarbush: 5” (2:00 PM)

Killington: 7”

 

Some details from the 6:00 P.M. Waterbury observations are below:

New Snow: 2.4 inches
New Liquid: 0.19 inches
Snow/Water Ratio: 12.6
Snow Density: 7.9% H2O
Temperature: 11.1 F
Sky: Light Snow (1-2 mm flakes)
Snow at the stake: 28.5 inches

 

 

Event totals: 3.6” Snow/0.29” L.E.

Wednesday 2/9/2011 6:00 A.M. update:  We picked up a final couple tenths of an inch of snow after the snowboard clearing yesterday evening.  The west slopes appeared to do well with this event, as Bolton Valley came in with 10 inches, although Smugg’s and Mad River came in with similar amounts for the higher elevations.  Looking forward it seems like we’ve got small impulses of energy for the rest of this week, with the potential for slightly larger events in the Sunday through Tuesday timeframe.

 

Some details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations are below:

New Snow: 0.2 inches
New Liquid: 0.01 inches
Snow/Water Ratio: 20.0
Snow Density: 5.0% H2O
Temperature: 7.0 F
Sky: Partly Cloudy
Snow at the stake: 28.0 inches