A little trivia.  What location in the United States holds the record for the most snowfall in a 24 hour period?  The Cascades?  No.  The Chugach?  No.  Our patrol zone?  Yes!  76” of snow fell at Silver Lake during a 24 hour period spanning April 14 and 15, 1921, which remains to this day as this country’s record.  I’m pretty sure the record will still remain after today, but there is a very very slight chance that the mountains of Southern California could break our record, in an absolutely insane storm that’s hitting them right now.  We’ll just have to see.

Anyhow, back to our patrol zone.  Temperatures continue to warm today into Saturday, with temperatures around to just above freezing and some sun (and wind of course) both weekend days.  Sunday afternoon the remnants of the California storm pass quickly by our patrol zone.  Here are the model forecasts for that small system:

2” – Canadian Model

1” – European Model

½” – American Model

After a brief lull on Monday, on Tuesday or Wednesday, another system comes in from the west northwest.  Here are the model forecasts for that small system:

4” – American and European Models

2” – Canadian Model

Then, it looks like a few dry days before next weekend when maybe there will be another system.

Retrospective Discussion:

The Wednesday system did well – producing 8” of snow per the Eldora Snowstake Webcam.  As such, the Canadian and NAM Models underpredicted by only an inch, the European Model was off by two inches, The American, WRF, and UK Met Models underpredicted by 3”, and the RDPS Model underpredicted by half.


-Jordan (Friday (2/24/23) morning)

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all forecasts are for 10,000’ in exposed areas.  References to American Model are the American (GFS) Model.  References to the Canadian Model are the Canadian (GDPS) Model.  References to the WRF Model are the CAIC WRF Hi-Res Model.  References to the European Model are the European (ECMWF) Model.