January 2nd, 2012 – Waterbury, Vermont - Winter Weather Event Updates



Sunday, January 01, 2012



View PostPowderfreak, on 1 January 2012 - 09:11 AM, said:


Here's some food for thought...

BTV starts it off with 2-4" tonight followed by heavy snow squalls for 36 hours.



Now that’s what one wants to see in a mountain forecast – it’s always nice to see the Heavy Snow icon showing its face.  After enjoying the temperatures in the 30s F yesterday on the slopes I’m not necessarily psyched to deal with the sub zero and single digit numbers out there (I’m not Pete) but that’s not actually all that cold in the grand scheme of things, thousands of feet up in Northern Vermont in January.  So it’s a small price to pay for cranking up the Green Mountain snow machine.


View PostPowderfreak, on 1 January 2012 - 09:11 AM, said:


BTV WRF smokes Mansfield/Stowe/Bolton area, and then also Jay Peak with another band.

That bullseye is like right over J.Spin's house, lol.

Game on NNE.


LOL, you’re killin’ me PF – I should be trying to get back into work mode next week.  But, Mother Nature lives by her own rules and schedules.  The numbers are blurry, but it looked like 0.66” of liquid for that period when I zoomed in on the BTV WRF.  Let’s hope it’s game on indeed, documenting the liquid equivalent would be fun and informative.  I do like your insurance policy analogy with regard to our upslope snowfall for the resorts though.  While they may lack the 10,000’ elevation snow preservation properties that some spots in the Rockies have, the Greens are certainly something special.



Monday, January 02, 2012



It’s been partly cloudy for much of the morning, but in the past 5 minutes or so, it’s become much darker as the sky clouded over, and snow is starting to fall.  On the radar I can see that some streams of moisture have pushed into the area:



Event totals: 0.9” Snow/0.03” L.E.

We had 0.3” of snow through noontime today, which actually melted since the temperature was above freezing, and then we picked up another 0.6” with this afternoon’s activity.  From the radar it looks like there could be another round approaching:




View PostPowderfreak, on 2 January 2012 - 07:06 PM, said:


Nice shots but wow, looks a lot different up there than down here. That's really eye opening. I figured most of the eastern side of the spine was in the same boat we were... not a ton of snow but at least solid cover of a rock hard 3-4", now probably 4-6".

J.Spin... what's your snow depth at? I'd assume your grass is still covered, too. I think that's your CoCoRAHS report this morning with a 4" depth? That sounds about right for this morning before today's snow.

Wow, I was also amazed at the shots from
borderwx – I assumed for the most part the snowpack east of the Greens was similar to what it is in this area.  In my casual glances at the CoCoRaHS snow depth map for our area, I see generally snowpack numbers in the 2 to 3-inch range (see map below), and figured we were probably a bit higher since we’ve done well with upslope snowfall right along the spine.  That system from the 27th & 28th did deposit 1.24 inches of liquid equivalent in the snowpack here, most of it in frozen form, so what’s on the ground is pretty substantial.


Yeah PF, that 4.0-inch snowpack depth along the Chittenden County/Washington County border is mine (see map below).  With the marginal temperatures today, the 0.9 inches of fluff with partial melting has built up to a bit less than ˝ inch of new coating on the snowpack, so I may still be reporting the same 4.0 inches tomorrow unless tonight’s activity bumps it up.  We do have that current round of snow coming through though, with another 0.3 inches on the board (lots of it graupel) and continued snowfall.  With temperatures now below freezing, we’ll certainly keep what comes down if we get more activity tonight.




Tuesday, January 03, 2012



Event totals: 1.7” Snow/0.07” L.E.


Since 6:00 P.M. yesterday evening when the snowboard was last cleared, 0.8” of snow accumulated through various rounds of light snowfall.


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


New Snow: 0.8 inches

New Liquid: 0.04 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 20.0

Snow Density: 5.0% H2O

Temperature: 13.3 F

Sky: Light Snow (1-2 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 4.5 inches



View Postpowderfreak, on 3 January 2012 - 07:14 AM, said:


Given 4" at 4pm yesterday at the 3,000ft board, I'd have to imagine at least another 2" fell up there last night based on what happened in the base, so called my new snow this morning 4-6" as I think that's an accurate 24 hour base-summit range.


Here’s the north to south list of 24-hour snow totals I’ve seen reported by the Vermont Ski Resorts that have updated this morning; these numbers should represent the current event totals:


Jay Peak: 8”

Burke: 2”

Smuggler’s Notch: 4”

Stowe: 6”

Bolton Valley: 2”

Sugarbush: 2”

Pico: 2”

Killington: 2”

Magic Mountain: 0”

Mount Snow: 0”


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