Apr 10, 2015
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A photo of what was left of a light coating of early April Spring snow in Big Bear on the afternoon of April 8th after a chilly but weak cold front sweeped through our region courtesy of a user under the name of Oso on SoCalmountains.com. The snow that fell down to 6000ft in our mtns quickly melted by noon under the warm April Sun. But further to our north the Sierras saw their largest snowfall so far for 2015 with almost 2 ft at Mammoth Lakes,(pretty sad when usually top winter storms drop over 5th in the region) but a welcome scene in the Sierras. Unfortunately it made little impact on the states water situation but left some very lucky California Skiers with whats become a rare Sierra powder day.
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**Forecast: Friday, April 10th ,2015, 4:30am**
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After our very brief and weak winter like cold front this past Tuesday night that brought some showers to the region with rain amounts under .25" and about an inch or so of snow to some ski resorts, fair weather quickly moved in but highs have remained near or a bit below normal since and that will continue to be the case this weekend through much of next week. A pretty potent cutoff low off our coast will sweep by to our south giving Baja some nice beneficial rains but for So Cal only some high clouds and winds expected today into Sunday with highs remaining right where they should be for mid April with lower and middle 70s west of the mountains and upper 50s and 60s in the mountains. Some night and morning low clouds and fog will continue to be present along the coast each morning and evening. Lows seasonably cool in the middle and upper 40s in the I.E with 50s for the coast and coastal valleys. Middle 20s and 30s in the mountains.
As we head into next week a couple troughs of low pressure will go by to our north through about Thursday. None of these systems are expected to bring any rain to So cal at this time, but the north part of the state will see some light rain at times with some snow possible in the Central and Northern Sierras, mainly Tuesday and Wednesday so some good news up there but it wont be anything more then a drop in the bucket as far and drought conditions go. Although I will note that Mammoth saw 2 ft of snow earlier this week, with Tahoe also seeing over a foot, making our last spring storm one of the coldest and wettest for areas north of L.A since December, pretty sad, but the state will take what it can get! As these systems pass by to the north our onshore flow will strengthen and Marine layer deep beginning Monday night and continuing through Wednesday. Cant rule out some Drizzle west of the mountain next Wednesday morning. Winds will also be gusty in the mountains and deserts with Advisories likely. Highs will fall to a bit below normal Tuesday and Wednesday, especially west of the mountains with upper 60s and lower 70s for highs. In the mountains look for lower 50s and 60s. As the final trough moves to the east next Wednesday night some offshore winds could develop next Thursday into Friday for some warming back to normal or a tad above west of the mountains, but actually cooling in the mountains due to some Spring time cold air advection with 40s and 50s for highs next Thursday, a good 5-10 degrees below normal up there and morning lows could be quite chilly for April standards for all of So Cal Thursday morning with upper 30s and 40s west of the mountains9around 50 at coast) and some cold upper 10s and 20s in the mountains due to some dry air in place. I will keep a close eye on Wednesdays trough as some computer models have played with the idea of dropping a cold cutoff low down the spine of the Sierras then over Las Vegas, if this were to happen things would be colder and windier and wed have to closely watch for some snow showers in the Eastern San Bernardino mountains, but as of now computer runs have backed off on that scenario so cool, windy but fair weather looks like the most likely outcome at the moment, but of course if things change which they often do day to day in Spring, Ill be sure to post and update as we head into next week.
Looking into the long range things at the moment look more unsettled and cooler then normal through the end of the month with possibly a couple week cold fronts and chilly cutoff lows affecting the west coast and south west. This means our spring rain and mountain snow chances likely aren't done just yet, although as of now nothing to wet or significant seems likely at this time. Although with a strengthening El Nino and continued very warm coastal waters, particularly off our Coast, anything is possible so cross your finger for some additional beneficial rain, hopefully next time a bit more then our last little spring storm. Ill continue to due to my best to post more frequent updates, thanks for all your continued support.
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