Models suggest more storms are stacked up for next week


Recent snowstorms bring some relief to local ski resorts who have desperately needed fresh snow. Even with the impressive snowfall amounts, most regions are significantly lacking sufficient snowpack for the time of year. Fortunately, models are fairly consistent in showing a series of storms lined up for next week.

Typically when forecasting out more than a week a time, the long range models can be rather inconsistent in their forecasts, but there are times when models can pick up on general trends 8-14 days out. What we're seeing the possibility of is a broad pattern change where a long wave trough, area of low pressure, will sweep through the region later next week, breaking down our persistent ridge parked over the Eastern Pacific.

This will open up the possibility for several storms to move through the western states beginning with an initial storm on Tuesday of next week. The next round of moisture will likely arrive Wednesday night into Thursday, with showers possibly lingering into Friday, and then another storm arriving sometime over the weekend.

This pattern could easily change over the course of the next week but for now, let's hope it sticks where we need more snow.

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