January 25, 2008

SoCal Storm Update: Wow, Wow, & Wow

Well, they say cut-off lows are the forecaster's nightmare, and it's easy to see why, as last night's forecast of occasional showers turned instead into a gutter-busting sustained heavy downpour. Rainfall totals and forecasts have jumped overnight. They're now calling for 2-3 inches of coastal-area rain and 4-6 inches of foothill-area rain today before the big storm hits.

The tragic part of the forecast calls for the cutoff low to delay the arrival of the main storm, allowing it to pick up subtropical moisture (the dreaded pineapple express). This will push the rainfall totals up even higher, but it will also push up the snow level, from a current 5000' to 8000' or higher, destroying all that precious white stuff that's been laid down at the lower elevations. That won't impact the higher backcountry elevations, but it will nuke most of the local ski areas' snowpacks.

If you can get there, Mt. Baldy Ski Area looks like the way to go today (though expect delays/a late start as they work to dig themselves out).


Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow

One thought on “SoCal Storm Update: Wow, Wow, & Wow

  1. Sean Hayes says:

    Hi,

    I’ve enjoyed reading your stories/adventures in the San Gabriels, “Girly Man…” etc., and I also appreciate the educated/informed way you have put together the site.

    I ride the Baldy resort whenever there’s snow and I’ve done one small hike (2005) to the peaks next to Telegraph (Telegraph had too much debris to ride). I’m always on the look out for some one with experience to hike with, which leads me to my question?

    I’d like to ride some of these peaks but there are few people who do this. I was hoping your site could put me in touch with those that do.

    I’m leaving for Jackson Hole in one day and will be gone for 18 days so, I may not be able to respond right away.

    Sincerely, Sean

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