As storm #2 pushes through, storm #3 is right on its heels. A colder but somewhat weaker storm will move through the region Wednesday, bringing another round of snow to all elevations. There will still be a significant amount of shadowing in the western valleys, so the majority of the precipitation will be focused in the mountains, and as a result another Winter Weather Advisory is up for the Tahoe area through Wednesday, where 2-8” are possible depending on elevation. Valley accumulations are possible but it is unlikely they will be significant. Showers could continue Thursday before a break in the action on Friday.
The recent storm track is more in line with what you might call a typical El Niño storm pattern. But does that mean this is the first appearance of an El Niño storm? Not really, if you keep in mind that everything is connected, and it’s not as if this El Niño just magically appeared. We’ve had an El Niño for many months now, so in that sense, El Niño “arrived” before the summer ended. Prior to these latest storms, the storms didn’t have the prototypical “El Niño” signature, but it doesn’t mean they weren’t influenced by it.