Final Waves of Strong Pacific Storm Begin To Come Ashore

By: silverstripes , 6:24 PM GMT on January 06, 2008

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Per SBkaren's request I am starting a blog for the Lake Arrowhead area. :) My first entry for the area will touch on the fact that I have received somehwere in the vicinity of 9 inches of rain since Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, I lost power when the bulk of precipitation hit Friday night into Saturday morning)so my online weather station data does not reflect the huge amounts of rain we received. We started to get granular type snow last night but it turned back into rain shortly after it was starting to stick but this morning we have about an inch of slushy accumulation and it is coming down as a mix still since the temps are hovering just above freezing. Below is a portion of this morning's NWS discussion.

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
920 AM PST SUN JAN 6 2008

.SYNOPSIS...
A POWERFUL STORM OVER THE WEST COAST WILL CONTINUE TO BRING SHOWERS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPIATION WILL BE TONIGHT. HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED ABOVE 5500 FEET IN THE MOUNTAINS ALONG WITH GUSTY MOUNTAIN AND DESERT WINDS. BRIEF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BRING FAIR WEATHER TUESDAY...BUT ANOTHER VERY WEAK SYSTEM WILL BRUSH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD MORE FIRMLY THE LATTER HALF OF THE WEEK BRINGING FAIR AND WARMER WEATHER...AND POSSIBLY OFFSHORE FLOW BY NEXT WEEKEND.

A PLUME OF MOISTURE CONTINUES TO STREAM INTO SOCAL THIS MORNING SHOWN BY THE SATELLITE PIX. RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO BIG FORCING MECHANISM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THAT MOISTURE SO SHOWERS TODAY WILL BE MOSTLY LIGHT. WINDS WILL CONTINUE STRONG MAINLY IN THE UPPER DESERT AND SBD MTNS. THE SNOW LEVEL IS DOWN TO ABOUT 5200 FEET THIS MORNING BUT WITH SO MUCH WATER ON THE GROUND...THE SNOW IS VERY SLUSHY UNDER 6000 FEET AND WILL HAVE DIFFICULTY PILING UP. MOSTLY LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE ABOVE THAT LEVEL...WITH MUCH GREATER ACCUMULATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET. SNOW LEVELS WILL DROP DOWN TO 4500 FEET OR SLIGHTLY LOWER TONIGHT. THE LAST WAVE OF THIS STORM LOOKS QUITE POTENT FOR TONIGHT. IT WILL COME DOWN FROM NORCAL TODAY AND IT LOOKS QUITE WET BETWEEN 10 PM TONIGHT TO ABOUT 8 AM MON. PRECIP WILL TAPER OFF FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST AFTER SUNRISE. AFTER ALL IS DONE MON...STORM TOTALS MAY END UP VERY NEAR THE FORECAST STORM TOTALS INDICATED FROM LAST THU (2 TO 5 INCHES COASTS AND VALLEYS...6 TO 12 MTNS...0.50 TO 1.25 DESERTS).

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5. SBKaren
9:38 PM GMT on January 08, 2008
Silver - we've got cloud cover again today with a 20% chance of rain, but even the weatherman on TV is saying not likely. Sure keeps it cool though! I'm looking forward to our mid 70s temps this weekend! We are attending a new Outdoor Science School this year, but I understand it's in the same area. Last year our camp was near Forest Falls. The elevation is not as high as Arrowhead, but they do get snow, because there was remnants last year, and it was a dry year! I'll have to find out where they are going this year.
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4. SBKaren
11:31 PM GMT on January 07, 2008
Silver - I took my dog to dog park this afternoon and I had a clear view of the mountains. Oh my - so much snow. Actually the mountains still looked pretty shrouded in clouds - did you get more snow today? Our 5th graders are heading up to Outdoor Science School next Monday. I hope there still is some snow around - but I hope the weather is clear enough for them to enjoy all their outdoor activities! Loved the igloo!!! LOL
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3. SBKaren
2:30 AM GMT on January 07, 2008
I love the pictures Silver! Thanks for posting! I'll look for igloo pictures tomorrow.
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2. silverstripes
1:09 AM GMT on January 07, 2008
Well it's been snowing for hours now and we have about 3-4 inches accumulated. Took the kids out sledding in the yard and started our igloo.



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1. SBKaren
7:16 PM GMT on January 06, 2008
Brrrrr Silver - that is COLD!

I will always remember one Valentines Weekend when we decided to go up to Lake Arrowhead to stay the weekend at my brother's girlfriend's house. We had both girls, and one took a girlfriend - so 5 of us. At that time my husband had an Isuzu Trooper, with big tires and 4 wheel drive. A storm was approaching the mountains, but we had 4 wheel drive so we weren't concerned. Well, we got part way up and they made us put on chains anyway. Bad part was, we left ours at home, thinking we wouldn't need them, which means we had to buy from the only place there that sold them, for about $85.00. What a rip-off (at that time). Well, lesson learned - never travel to the mountains without chains again! It was darn cold out putting them on too!

We just got back from my mom's place. Our twin grandsons were there too. My mom lives in a mobile home park in Huntington Beach. Walking back from the rec center where they hold a $2.00 all you can eat breakfast, we let the boys go willy nilly in the water (it's amazing to me how they seek out the puddles and jump in them - they aren't even 2 yet!). By the time they were done, they were both soaked! Thank goodness I had my camera with me - it takes video. We were all laughing so hard. If I had any idea how to upload it to YouTube I would! We were all laughing and so were the boys. They went home in diapers only (they were completely soaked) and wrapped in blankets in their car seats! It was one of those priceless moments!

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