Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New snow for Baldy is likely


By JON DUVAL
Express Staff Writer

Sunny slopes abound at Bald Mountain these days. Mountain operators are crossing their fingers for a little snow later this week. Photo by Willy Cook

The weather system that has situated blue skies and bright sun over the Wood River Valley recently is set to push off at the end of the week and make way for new snow.

Bryant Dunn, snow safety assistant for the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, said on Tuesday that the current high pressure ridge has resulted in sunny weather and an inversion, in which the air at the top of the Bald Mountain is warmer than the air below.

"The skiing is excellent and the snow on the northern exposures remains cold and in mid-winter condition," Dunn said. "On more southerly aspects, the snow is softening during the day and we're experiencing a mini corn snow cycle."

Dunn said there is 50 inches of both man-made and natural snow at the top of Baldy, with 108 inches of natural snow falling so far this winter.

This could soon change, as Dunn said clouds are forecast to move in over the valley on Thursday, with possible snowfall into Friday and over the weekend.

Dunn said another storm is likely to come into the are later next week, with more snow possibly falling on Wednesday or Thursday.

"The weather pattern is changing, with inclement weather coming soon," Dunn said.

Jon Duval: jduval@mtexpress.com




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