Complex Storm Approaching!

Category: Weather

Snowfall Report:

The storm that moved through last night brought the forecast for the upper mountain to reality with a measurement of 5 inches this morning at 8200' High Camp, and a coating of snow at 7000 feet.

The Forecast:

Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the 40's on the mountain. The winds will be picking up again on the mountain top with gusts to 50 mph. That increases to 60 mph tonight and to 75+ mph for Wednesday.

The Storm:

For Wednesday we have a storm moving in with rain for most elevations and snow levels around 9000 feet, falling closer to 8000 feet by evening.  So we are not expecting much accumulation on the mountain outside of an inch or two on the highest peaks.

Wednesday night snow levels continue to slowly fall with snow starting to accumulate above the 8000 foot level. We could see 5-10 inches of snow above 8000 feet Wednesday night.

Thursday we have a cold front moving through dropping snow levels below lake level. There will be heavier snow with the front and then we could see snow showers continue into Thursday night as low pressure moves through the area.

We should see snow accumulate down to the base by the time the storm end later Thursday night. We could see 6-12 inches at the base, and 10-25 inches on the mountain from bottom to top.

The Weekend:

Friday we should clear out with the sun returning and temperatures in the 30's. Over the weekend we should see milder air move in with lots of sun and high temperatures back into the 40's.

Another Storm?:

We could see another wet storm move in Sunday night into Monday with high snow levels. There is still a lot of uncertainty with this storm. Some model runs keep most of the moisture to our North, some bring a warm wet storm, and others bring in some cold air for snow on the upper mountain.   So we will keep honing in on that one.

Long-Range:

The forecast models are split on the pattern we see Thanksgiving week with some keeping us dry all week and other bringing in a storm on Thanksgiving.  What happens with the Monday storm should sort out the pattern we see next week.

BA