Sunday, January 29th, 2012
The Burlington NWS has a headline up for tonight’s snow, and I noticed that there’s a “Heavy Snow” icon in the point and click down here. The Hazardous Weather Outlook is added below:
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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
415 AM EST SUN JAN 29 2012
NORTHERN ST. LAWRENCE-NORTHERN FRANKLIN-EASTERN CLINTON-
SOUTHEASTERN ST. LAWRENCE-SOUTHERN FRANKLIN-WESTERN CLINTON-
WESTERN ESSEX-EASTERN ESSEX-SOUTHWESTERN ST. LAWRENCE-GRAND ISLE-
WESTERN FRANKLIN-ORLEANS-ESSEX-WESTERN CHITTENDEN-LAMOILLE-CALEDONIA-
WASHINGTON-WESTERN ADDISON-ORANGE-WESTERN RUTLAND-WINDSOR-
EASTERN FRANKLIN-EASTERN CHITTENDEN-EASTERN ADDISON-EASTERN RUTLAND-
415 AM EST SUN JAN 29 2012
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN NEW YORK...CENTRAL
VERMONT...NORTHEAST VERMONT...NORTHWEST VERMONT AND SOUTHERN
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.
OFF OF LAKE ONTARIO WILL COMBINE TO BRING SNOW SHOWERS AND BRIEF LOCALLY
HEAVY SNOW SQUALLS TO PORTIONS OF NORTHERN NEW YORK THIS AFTERNOON
AND TONIGHT...AND TO PORTIONS OF VERMONT TONIGHT. SEVERAL INCHES
OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE BY TONIGHT.
Impressive few hours today...
We got to the mountain today around noontime, and that round of snow was still coming down with those big flakes; certainly a beautiful sight. It was a bit of a surprise to see all the snow in the air and the cars covered in white, since all we’d seen at the house were a few flurries. We didn’t head out for turns yesterday, but in terms of today’s skiing, I’ve got to say, Stowe really continues to impress this season in terms of conditions. Sometimes the heavy traffic at the mountain can really wear things down, but in this season of low snowfall, big temperature swings, and mixed precipitation, Mansfield just keeps coming through. Every week we seem to get one of these mixed storms to make a mess out of the slopes, and Mansfield pulls another 7, 8 , 9, 10 inches or whatever out of the sky to bring back the powder skiing. I really thought this was going to be the weekend that the conditions wouldn’t make it back in time, with this week’s mixed precipitation storm coming so late in the week, but damn if there wasn’t some fine skiing out there. We had a couple runs off the gondola near the end of the day and we were finding about 7” of new snow on top of the crusty stuff from before. And that was down around 2,000’ or so. We also had some great laps today off Sensation – I think regular traffic was pretty minimal there because of all the racing, so there was lots of fresh snow for the taking. I’d say there wasn’t quite as much snow up there as we found over by the gondola, but it was pretty sweet. I added a couple of shots from today below:
I saw the projected snowfall map posted earlier in the thread, but I hadn’t stopped by the NWS website and didn’t know that advisories were up until I was watching one of the local TV stations tonight and a crawler alert came across the screen. I added the advisories map below:
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Event totals: 3.5” Snow/0.14” L.E.
The snow from this latest event started at the house a bit after 10:00 P.M. last night, and a stronger push of moisture came through after midnight with some 30-35 db echoes:
When that surge of snowfall came in, snowflakes were in the ½” – 1” range, and the snowfall didn’t seem all that heavy (probably not quite 1”/hr) but it was dead still outside while it was falling and it was settling like some quality Champlain Powder™. This morning’s snow density analysis revealing 4% H2O for the snowboard stack speaks to that; that’s not outrageously dry for around here, but it should make for some sweet turns atop the previous round of snow from the past couple of days. That initial pulse of snow had slowed down and there was still well under an inch of snow on the snowboard when I headed off to bed sometime after 12:30 A.M. though, so there must have been a resurgence in snowfall at some point overnight. Overall the total snowfall did come right in the range forecast by the NWS for our area, although they have some comments in their forecast discussion suggesting things didn’t come together quite the way they had expected
On a seasonal note, this storm pushed snowfall for the month to 31.2”, so January ’12 has moved past January ’08 (27.6”) and January ’07 (30.5”), so it’s certainly not bottom of the barrel with respect to the past few seasons. Next up in that snowfall totals list is January ’10 (38.5”); I don’t think there’s much chance of getting to that number, although with the month running though tomorrow and looking at the forecast, there could be a shot at passing 70” on the season by the end of the month. We’re just a bit past the midpoint for snowfall based on my data, so that gives some sense of a potential season total if snowfall continued at the pace we’ve seen up to this point.
Below I’ve added the north to south list of the Vermont ski area’s snow totals that I’ve seen reported thus far. The highest totals are in the northern part of the state, although Bromley seemed to do a bit better than the other areas down south. I’m surprised that Smugg’s snowfall was a bit low relative to the other resorts along the northern spine, but with those totals, I would suspect skiing will be mighty fine today if the mountains weren’t pestered by winds:
Jay Peak: 8”
Smuggler’s Notch: 3”
Bolton Valley: 7”
Mad River Glen: 4”
Mount Snow: 3”
Some details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations are below:
New Snow: 3.5 inches
New Liquid: 0.14 inches
Snow/Water Ratio: 25.0
Snow Density: 4.0% H2O
Temperature: 26.4 F
Sky: Light Snow/Flurries (1-5 mm flakes)
Snow at the stake: 12.0 inches
Event totals: 3.7” Snow/0.14” L.E.
I got home mid afternoon today and there was steady snow for a couple of hours; it was very light, but we did pick up an additional couple of tenths on the snowboard. The new 3 to 4 inches that we received down here from the storm certainly transformed the snowpack and gave it a softer disposition; the boys had some pretty fast & fluffy sledding tonight with that new stuff on top of the thicker layer below. I told them yesterday that the incoming fluff was going to change things, but last night’s sledding before the new snow was actually pretty fun as well. The best part was cutting out segments of that ~1” thick granular/crusty layer – it’s robust enough that if you’re careful you can get chunks out of there as large as 2’ x 2’. We’d set them up vertically in the path of one of the sledding runs, and you can imagine what happened after that. We set up some more tonight as well because the boys were so entertained, but it takes a lot more work clearing away all the new snow to get down to that layer now.
I noticed Bolton Valley also under-reported this morning as they are now saying 9" as well.
Thanks for the updates and clarifications on the snow totals PF, keep those clarifications coming anytime because I of course want to have the best possible numbers for the storm archives on our website. It’s weird the way Smugg’s does their reporting, but it seems that they updated their numbers today to some degree, along with many of the other areas. I updated the north to south 24-hour snow totals list below:
Jay Peak: 8”
Smuggler’s Notch: 6”
Bolton Valley: 9”
Mad River Glen: 6”
Magic Mountain: 1”
Mount Snow: 3”
Some details from the 6:00 P.M. Waterbury observations are below:
New Snow: 0.2 inches
New Liquid: Trace
Temperature: 21.6 F
Sky: Partly Cloudy
Snow at the stake: 11.0 inches
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