February 4th, 2013 – Waterbury Winter Weather Event Updates

 

 

Monday, February 4th, 2013

 

 

Event totals: 1.5” Snow/0.04” L.E.

 

I found 1.5” of snow on the snowboard this morning; it was very light and dry, coming in at around 3% H2O.  It was still coming down at a steady pace as well, with a couple of additional tenths of an inch on the board before I left, so there will be a bit more to report as well.  Snow accumulations and snowfall intensity both seemed less back to the east in Waterbury, and based on the total liquid reports I saw on the CoCoRaHS map, the west side of the Greens may be the recipient of more of the moisture thus far.  This is the largest snowfall event so far this month, and just pushed us past 80” of snow for the season. 

 

On a related note, it looks like we’ll have some additional shots of snow going forward, with a midweek one, a potentially larger shot at the end of the week, and then another one next Tuesday.  Both Bob Minsenberger and Roger Hill mentioned the storm on Friday in their broadcasts with the possibility of several inches of snow, and Roger said we’ll need to watch for how warm it gets with the potential system at the beginning of next week.  It is a nice change of pace though to have two more significant winter storms in the forecast, but eve today’s event is a step up from the dryness of late.

 

Details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations:

 

New Snow: 1.5 inches

New Liquid: 0.04 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 37.5

Snow Density: 2.7% H2O

Temperature: 16.2 F

Sky: Light Snow (2-12 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 5.0 inches

 

 

powderfreak, on 04 Feb 2013 - 07:48 AM, said:https://www.amwx.us/public/style_images/American_Weather/snapback.png

 

One more... finally a Green Mountain snow surprise. Been a little while. Some winters these "scattered snow shower" forecasts turn into 3-5" snowfalls almost every time, lol. Not this winter.

 

That’s awesome PF, I see that Bolton Valley has reported in with 3-4” as well in their early report.  Indeed it has been weird the past few weeks without the usual over performing Green Mountain surprises, but perhaps we’ll get things back on track going forward.  I’ve got to say, Mansfield really delivered the turns yesterday.  Without a lot of new snow reported since the midweek warmth, I went into yesterday’s outing rather pessimistic about the conditions – I even gave my edges a quick sharpening, which is something I typically don’t even think of doing mid season in the Northern Greens.  I thought it was going to be an on piste day with hard nastiness off trail, but one of our students asked to venture off in into some of the Gondolier Woods, and I reluctantly obliged, figuring we’d quickly be right back out.  Well, the turns were great, there were 2-3 inches of powder atop the subsurface, and even that was generally spongy and not crusty.  That ended up changing the whole dynamic for the day.  I can’t say it was of that high a quality everywhere, as some places did seem to take on a firmer subsurface whether due to exposure or traffic, but the off piste was definitely in play and a lot of fun.  Coverage wasn’t an issue either, and it got me curious to check the Mt. Mansfield Stake depth, and I saw that it was still at roughly the 40” mark.  I’ve added in a quick image below showing the snow that we were dealing with yesterday, and more details are in the full report at our website

 

 

Anyway, there should be some great turns out there with today’s additional snow, and it could be even better by the end of the week if the storms track right.

 

 

I put together the north to south listing of available snowfall totals from the Vermont ski areas so far today.  Not everyone has updated since the early morning reports though, so if anything changes I’ll update the list.  Clearly the northern resorts were favored in this event, although it’s surprising to see Burke come in with nothing at all new; perhaps being on the spine of the Greens was important for this one:

 

Jay Peak: 5”

Burke: 0”

Smuggler’s Notch: 10”

Stowe: 7”

Bolton Valley: 4”

Sugarbush: 2”

Middlebury: 1”

Pico: 2”

Killington: 2”

Okemo: 0”

Bromley: 0”

Magic Mountain: T”

Stratton: T”

Mount Snow: 1”

 

Checking on my web cam, it looks like we finished off with another 0.5” - 0.6” with this morning’s snow, so the event total is around 2” at the house.

 

 

Nittany88, on 04 Feb 2013 - 4:40 PM, said:https://www.amwx.us/public/style_images/American_Weather/snapback.png

 

Flow was blocked. Froude numbers down between 0.6-0.8.

 

It wasn’t surprising to see Bolton report a couple more inches with those Froude Numbers – revised north to south snowfall list is below.  Clearly a Northern Greens spine special based on the distribution; the number fall right off south of the I-89/Route 2/Winooski corridor and east of the spine:

 

Jay Peak: 5”

Burke: 0”

Smuggler’s Notch: 10”

Stowe: 7”

Bolton Valley: 6”

Mad River Glen: 2”

Sugarbush: 2”

Middlebury: 1”

Pico: 2”

Killington: 2”

Okemo: 0”

Bromley: 0”

Magic Mountain: T”

Stratton: T”

Mount Snow: 1”

 

We did pick up a final 0.6” here at the house as monitored by web cam, but it was so light and dry that I couldn’t get any water content on it because it had generally sublimed or been blown away by the time of this evening’s analysis.

 

 

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