Here comes that feeling again |

Here comes that feeling again

Lisa Marsh

The groundhog may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but nothing like this. A series of storms is lined up across the Pacific Ocean again, just like last week and the week before.

“We’ve been getting a storm every 48 hours for a while now,” said Randy Hartley, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “For the long range, were looking to have more frequency.”

The current storm is expected to taper off by tonight. Snow levels should be as low as 3,000 feet, and accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected at lake level. Due to a split in the jet stream, most of the storm will be felt in the southern parts of the state, with Tahoe getting some precipitation.

A break will come Wednesday, followed by another system on Thursday. According to Hartley, Thursday’s storm will be slightly more intense and will be felt more in the northern regions.

“It’s hard to tell if it’s going to be a split situation,” he added.

Thursday’s storm is expected to have higher snow levels and a possibility of more accumulations. Thursday marks the beginning of a series of 24-hour storms set to hit the region that may continue into early next week. According to the National Weather Service in Reno, accumulations may be up to 2 feet by early next week. The jet stream is supposed to consolidate by Saturday, meaning there will be less chance for breaks between storms, and more strength behind them.

According to measurements by Oasis Aviation, 40 inches of snow have already fallen this month, with 6.19 inches of precipitation. Currently we are at 152 percent above normal in snowfall and 115 percent above normal in precipitation, as stated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service Snotel summary.

By most standard measurement data, there are still about three months of wet weather ahead.

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