March 9th, 2012 – Waterbury Winter Weather Event Updates



Saturday, March 10th, 2012



Event totals: 4.2” Snow/0.23” L.E.


It started snowing last night around 11:00 P.M., and about an hour or so later I noticed that it was coming down at roughly an inch an hour, so I did a liquid analysis at 12:30 A.M. on the 1.5” before heading off to bed, finding 0.10” of liquid equivalent.   The flakes were relatively small (1-4 mm diameter), so I was surprised at how fast the snow was able to accumulate.  It seemed to be tapering off not too long after that analysis, but there was definitely a resurgence at some point last night because there was another 2.7” on the board by 6:30 A.M.  It’s been partly sunny out there this morning, but continued light snow added another 0.2” to the board that will be counted in the next analysis.


Reported overnight accumulations at the Vermont ski areas thus far seem to top out close to a foot at some of the Central Vermont Ski Areas; the north to south listing of available 24-hour snowfall totals is below, with 48-hour totals that include the Thursday snowfall below that:


24-hour totals

Jay Peak: 0”

Burke: 0”

Smuggler’s Notch: 5”

Stowe: 3”

Bolton Valley: 4”

Mad River Glen: 8”

Sugarbush: 11”

Pico: 5”

Killington: 5”

Okemo: 3”

Bromley: 3”

Stratton: 4”

Mount Snow: 2”


48-hour totals

Jay Peak: 6”

Burke: 2”

Smuggler’s Notch: 8”

Stowe: 7”

Bolton Valley: 6”

Mad River Glen: 10”

Sugarbush: 15”

Pico: 7”

Killington: 7”

Okemo: 4”

Bromley: 3”

Stratton: 5”

Mount Snow: 3”


Details from the Waterbury observations made last night and this morning are below:


12:30 A.M.

New Snow: 1.5 inches

New Liquid: 0.10 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 15.0

Snow Density: 6.7% H2O

Temperature: 28.0 F

Sky:  Snow (1-4 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 4.0 inches


6:30 A.M.

New Snow: 2.7 inches

New Liquid: 0.13 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 20.8

Snow Density: 4.8% H2O

Temperature: 26.7 F

Sky: Partly Sunny/Light Snow (1-8 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 6.5 inches



Event totals: 4.4” Snow/0.23” L.E.


The forecast didn’t call for too much snow overnight, so I thought it might be just me heading up to the mountain for a few turns this morning, but the powder turned out to be plentiful enough to get the whole family motivated.  Conditions were excellent, with temperatures in the mid 20s F, no wind, and a general 5-7 inches accumulated from the Thursday/Friday/Saturday snow.  It’s getting to that amazing time in the ski season where many folks start moving on to spring endeavors, so for those who are still interested in winter, things are good:



Photo ops were plentiful, and we blew through 600+ exposures this morning, so I’ll have some additional snowy shots to post later.  We were done around midday, and with clouds and another round of snowfall starting up, the temperature was still in the mid 20s F up in the Bolton Valley Village (~2,100’), but down here at the house (~500’) it was mostly sunny with a temperature around 40 F.


Details from the 12:30 P.M. Waterbury observations are below:


New Snow: 0.2 inches

New Liquid: Trace

Temperature: 39.9 F

Sky: Mostly sunny

Snow at the stake: 3.5 inches





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