NOAA is currently forecasting 25-45″ of snow to fall on Mt. Baker ski area in Washington in the next 4 days. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Mt. Baker ski area today that is calling for 7 inches of snow above 4,500-feet.
The real snow for Baker gets started tomorrow and really gets cranking on Saturday. 18-28″ of snow are forecast for Mt. Baker ski area on Saturday alone.
Snow levels are forecast to bounce around quite a bit during this storm cycle which will make for some wet snow and some rain at Baker, but it will be great for building up that snow base. After this storm cycle, Baker should be sitting on an impressive base. Mt. Baker ski area lives betwen 3,000 and 5,000 feet.
THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE AROUND 3000 FT AS THE SYSTEM ARRIVES BUT RISE TO 5000 TO 6000 FT AS IT MOVES THROUGH LATE SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. - NOAA Seattle, WA today
Mt. Baker ski area is currently sitting on a snowpack of 40-60″.
Our fingers are crossed for low snow levels and big snow for Mt. Baker ski area this weekend.
Here is a satellite loop showing the storm moving onshore this morning. Snow is still expected late this afternoon and into the night in the Sierra with slow travel and chain controls likely. A light rain/snow mix is possible in western Nevada this evening.
Posted by US National Weather Service Reno Nevada on Thursday, December 3, 2015
(video of the storms rolling into northern Washington just before sunrise today.)
WINTER STORM WATCH for WASHINGTON:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA 417 AM PST THU DEC 3 2015 CASCADES OF WHATCOM AND SKAGIT COUNTIES- CASCADES OF SNOHOMISH AND KING COUNTIES- CASCADES OF PIERCE AND LEWIS COUNTIES- ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING... * ICE ACCUMULATION...UP TO A QUARTER INCH OF FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE IN THE PASSES...ESPECIALLY SNOQUALMIE PASS...BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON. * SNOW ACCUMULATION...UP TO 7 INCHES OF NEW SNOW IS LIKELY TODAY AND THIS EVENING...MAINLY ABOVE 4500 FEET. * SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...THE FREEZING RAIN WILL AFFECT MAINLY STEVENS PASS...SNOQUALMIE PASS...AND WHITE PASS. * TIMING...PRECIPITATION WILL BE LOCALLY HEAVY AT TIMES TODAY...WITH OCCASIONAL FREEZING RAIN IN THE PASSES. * SNOW LEVEL...AROUND 3000 TO 4000 FEET IN THE PASSES DUE TO EASTERLY WINDS...BUT 5500 TO 7000 FEET OVER THE CASCADES AWAY FROM THE PASSES. * MAIN IMPACT...TRAVEL IN THE PASSES MAY BE DANGEROUS DUE TO ICY ROADS.