Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Winter Weather Expected this Weekend

After reading the latest weather alert from Weather.com it looks like the probability of getting a cold low pressure system coming into Southern California  over the weekend is increasing. What that means is they are forecasting low snow levels, even lower than last weekends storm. I have copied the weather bulletin below, but snow levels might get as low as 2,000 feet. That means that many peaks in the local Santa Ana Mountains might get snow. If you are looking for an opportunity to hike in the snow in our local mountains a couple of hiking possibilities, if the snow level gets as low as the forecasts, would be; Bedford Peak (3,800ft.), Santiago Peak (5,687ft.), Los Pinos Peak (4,510ft.), Elsinore Peak (3,575ft.), or Sitton Peak (3,273ft.).  The Pictures for this post are from the last time the snow levels got that low a couple of years ago with views from the South Main Divide road. The bottom picture is the start of the Morgan Trail with snow.

COLD STORM SYSTEM POSSIBLE FOR THE END OF THE WEEK...
A COLD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM... CURRENTLY OVER SOUTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA... IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SOUTHWARD ALONG THE WEST COAST THE NEXT FEW DAYS. WHILE THERE ARE STILL SOME UNCERTAINTIES WITH THE TIMING... CURRENT TIMING WOULD HAVE IT CENTERED NEAR THE BAY AREA FRIDAY EVENING... THEN MOVING THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT.
IT IS EXPECTED TO BRING MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES... NUMEROUS SHOWERS... AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. SNOW LEVELS COULD BE QUITE LOW... POSSIBLY DOWN TO 2000 TO 2500 FEET OR LOCALLY LOWER IN HEAVIER SHOWERS. CURRENT TIMING WOULD HAVE NUMEROUS SHOWERS SPREADING INTO SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA FRIDAY NIGHT OR EARLY SATURDAY WITH SHOWERS DECREASING SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND GRADUALLY ENDING SATURDAY NIGHT. LOWEST SNOW LEVELS ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. WITH SUCH LOW SNOW LEVELS POSSIBLE... THIS WEATHER COULD BE DEADLY FOR UNPREPARED CAMPERS OR HIKERS.

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