More rain and snow on the way


A series of two cold storm systems that are bearing southward from the Gulf of Alaska this weekend will bring more rain and snow to the Three Rivers foothills and the nearby mountains. The best chance for snow is Saturday evening and Tuesday.

Snow levels will drop to around 5,000 feet. The foothills could receive as much as an inch of rain from the two storms.

The cut-off low that dumped nearly two inches of rain in some parts of Three Rivers in the 24 hours ending Monday, Feb. 23, now has the season’s total approaching the 2014 total for the entire season.

At the 1,000-foot elevation level, the current season’s total precipitation is 8.22 inches; the total for 2013-2014 was 8.92 inches. On February 26, 2014, the total was 3.93 inches so this year is a significant improvement.

The next round of storms should nudge the current season beyond last year’s total. So far, there is no “Miracle March” forming in the 10-day forecast, but there is enough moisture to continue the wildflower season awhile longer and keep the sprinklers off a few more days.

Temperatures remain in the seasonal range. Another round or two of storms could make for some ideal spring skiing in the backcountry.    

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