February 25th, 2013 – Waterbury Winter Weather Event Updates

 

 

Monday, February 25th, 2013

 

 

We were up at Bolton Valley this afternoon for some media work – the hope was for some outside work if any peeks of sun chose to appear, but that wasn’t the case so everything was indoors.  We arrived around midday and basically drove right up into the thick clouds in the Village.  The clouds showed no signs of pulling out, and in fact in the mid afternoon it started snowing hard enough that it was easily accumulating.  I can see that it’s still lightly snowing up there on their live web cam.  Back down here at the house we’ve got an assortment of big, lazy flakes falling ever so slowly, but they’re not accumulation at this point with the temperature a bit above freezing.  It looks like this is moisture trapped under the ridge based on the BTV NWS discussion:

 

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

AS OF 259 PM EST MONDAY...THE CLD COVER OVER THE CWA THIS AFTNOON WILL PERSIST THRU THE OVERNGT HRS...AS SFC RIDGE TRAPS ABUNDANT LL MOISTURE OVER THE REGION. THRU THE OVERNGT PERIOD...CWA WILL SEE MCLDY/CLDY SKIES. WK UPPER VORT MVG OVER THE AREA THIS AFTNOON IS AIDING IN LGT --SW OVER NORTHERN ZONES...ESPECIALLY IN THE CVLY. TREND TO CONTINUE THRU THE OVERNGT HRS W/ LITTLE TO NO ACCUM EXPECTED.

 

 

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

 

 

Event totals: 0.5” Snow/0.01” L.E.

 

J.Spin, on 25 Feb 2013 - 6:21 PM, said:https://www.amwx.us/public/style_images/American_Weather/snapback.png

 

We were up at Bolton Valley this afternoon for some media work – the hope was for some outside work if any peeks of sun chose to appear, but that wasn’t the case so everything was indoors. We arrived around midday and basically drove right up into the thick clouds in the Village. The clouds showed no signs of pulling out, and in fact in the mid afternoon it started snowing hard enough that it was easily accumulating. I can see that it’s still lightly snowing up there on their live web cam. Back down here at the house we’ve got an assortment of big, lazy flakes falling ever so slowly, but they’re not accumulation at this point with the temperature a bit above freezing. It looks like this is moisture trapped under the ridge based on the BTV NWS discussion:

NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM TUESDAY MORNING/...
AS OF 259 PM EST MONDAY...THE CLD COVER OVER THE CWA THIS AFTNOON WILL PERSIST THRU THE OVERNGT HRS...AS SFC RIDGE TRAPS ABUNDANT LL MOISTURE OVER THE REGION. THRU THE OVERNGT PERIOD...CWA WILL SEE MCLDY/CLDY SKIES. WK UPPER VORT MVG OVER THE AREA THIS AFTNOON IS AIDING IN LGT --SW OVER NORTHERN ZONES...ESPECIALLY IN THE CVLY. TREND TO CONTINUE THRU THE OVERNGT HRS W/ LITTLE TO NO ACCUM EXPECTED.

 

powderfreak, on 26 Feb 2013 - 09:19 AM, said:https://www.amwx.us/public/style_images/American_Weather/snapback.png

 

Anyway, got 0.5" of dust overnight. The type of stuff that does absolutely nothing except pad the seasonal totals as it gets added up over time.

I love this stuff, you can get a half inch and still see the surface underneath. Could probably get an inch or two and still see the bed surface, lol.

 

I was wondering if anyone else got in on that fluff – we got the exact same accumulation here.  Once the temperature cooled down, those big lazy flakes I reported yesterday afternoon actually started to accumulate, and it’s not surprising how lofty the accumulation was based on the size and rate of descent in those things.  FYI, that snow came in around 2% H2O according to the analysis performed here, although I had a few bits of melted stuff on the board from the previous flakes so it might have ultimately been even a bit drier than that.

 

We were doing a bit more media work up at Bolton Valley today, and unlike the clouds and snow yesterday, Mother Nature cooperated to provide some puffy clouds, blue sky and sun.  It was actually a fantastic day out there, with the freezing level coming up pretty far – the Bolton Valley Weather Station at 2,100’ got just above it to 33.4 F, and judging by the look and feel I bet it got up to ~2,500’.  There was a bit of a previous melt crust off piste below the 2,000’ mark in exposed areas, but powder was nice (albeit dense) above that level, and the groomed slopes were just beautiful everywhere.  There was even a bit of a spring feel to the snow down near 1,500’ on west-facing terrain at Timberline.  It was great getting some sun after being socked in yesterday:

 

 

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

 

New Snow: 0.5 inches

New Liquid: 0.01 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 50.0

Snow Density: 2.0% H2O

Temperature: 30.2 F

Sky: Cloudy

Snow at the stake: 8.0 inches

 

 

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