2 Storms, One Colder, One Wetter

Category: Weather

We have one last day of dry weather before storms move in on Wednesday.  For Tuesday expect clouds and sun with highs in the 50's.  

Wednesday:

The first storm moves in on Wednesday.  We are expecting snow to begin on the mountain some time during the afternoon, and to continue through Wednesday night.  We may begin as rain at the base and then turn to snow Wednesday night.  By Thursday morning we could see 2-4 inches at the base and 4-11 inches on the mountain.

Thursday:

For Thanksgiving Day it will be cloudy and cold with the chance for snow showers.  We aren't expecting more than up to an inch of additional snowfall on the mountain from the scattered snow showers. 

Later Thursday night the next storm may move in.  Snow levels may rise above 7,000 feet overnight. Above the snow line, we could see an additional 3-6 inches of snowfall on the mountain by Friday morning.

Friday:

Friday the brunt of the 2nd storm moves in with rain and snow becoming heavier again.  There is warmer air with this storm, so snow levels will rise through the day on Friday and could peak out as high as 8,000 feet by Friday afternoon.  We could see an additional 6-10 inches of snowfall above the snow line during the day Friday.

Friday night snow levels may begin to come back down to near 7,000 feet by Saturday morning, but not until after most of the heavy precip has moved out.  Above the snow line, we could see a final 1-3 inches of snowfall. 

Storm totals for the upper mountain above 8,000 feet could be 20-30 inches.  Below that we could see several inches of snowfall Wednesday and Thursday but expecting mostly rain Friday.

The Weekend:

High pressure is expected to start building back in for the weekend with a final storm staying to our North.  It should be cold though with highs in the 40's.  Colder air at night should allow for snowmaking to resume to continue expanding terrain.

Long-Range:

It looks like we may have a dry start to the week of the 26th.  But a strong Pacific jet stream may push storms into CA again pretty quickly, beginning around next Wednesday the 28th.