Feb 4th Winter Storm Passes with a Wimper

by ShastaPaul on February 3, 2010

The winter storm that was expected to drop up to a foot of heavy, moisture-laden snow on the area turned out to be a false alarm.  Instead, the Mt. Shasta area received a small amount of slushy snow and a great deal of rain.   Higher elevations (including the Mt. Shasta Ski Park) received a foot of fresh powder.   As of Friday afternoon, both the I-5 and I-89 roadways are clear.

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Story from Feb 2, 2010: Just when you thought it was over, a new storm is expected to impact the Mt. Shasta area starting Thursday after 1pm.  This storm is expected to drop heavy snow, like the storms two weeks ago that broke trees and tore out power lines all over the area.

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Winter Storm
Warning above 3500 feet for heavy snow… which is in effect from
1 PM Thursday to 10 am PST Friday. The Winter Storm Watch is no
longer in effect.

* Snow accumulations: 6 to 10 inches around Mount Shasta city
with 10 to 16 inches above 4000 feet.

* Elevation: snow levels will initially be near 4000 feet
Thursday… but will likely lower to 3500 feet… in and around
Mount Shasta city… as precipitation rates increase Thursday
night. The potential exists for snow levels to vary by as much
as 1000 feet during the height of the storm Thursday night. Snow
levels could drop as low as 2500 feet… near Dunsmuir.

* Timing: snow is expected to develop around midday Thursday and
continue through Friday morning.

* Locations include: Mount Shasta and McCloud

* winds: south winds of 10 to 20 mph

* impacts: Black Butte Summit along the I-5 corridor and Highway
89 south of Mount Shasta could see significant snow accumulation
during the storm. Snow will be wet and heavy so structures will
be susceptible to the weight of the accumulating snow.

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