20 Inches So Far, A Lot More Snow Coming

Category: Weather

Squaw picked up 12 more inches up top yesterday bringint the 2 day total to 20 inches.  

A break today with some clouds around and a stray snow shower is not out of the question.  Winds are light today, so good skiing conditions.

For Sunday a weak system moves through to our North.  We could see 1-3 inches of snow.  The winds pick up with gusts to 55 mph by afternoon up top.

Sunday night the strong storm begins to move in.  One of the changes this morning is that the snow levels may rise faster than we were thinking before, possibly to 7000 feet more quickly as the precip moves in.  On the mountain above 7000 feet we could see 5-8 inches by Monday morning.

(For reference the base is at 6000 feet and high camp is at 8200 feet)

As the atmospheric river takes aim at Tahoe we expect heavy precip rates Monday into Monday night.  Winds will gust over 100 mph on the mountain top.  Snow levels may sit between 7000-7500 feet Monday before falling to 6500 Monday night.  Above 7000 feet we could see an additional 2-4 feet by Tuesday morning.

Snow showers linger into the day on Tuesday with snow levels falling below the base.  We could see an additional 5-8 inches at the base Tuesday and 6-12 inches on the mountain.  The winds will not be as strong as Monday, but still gusting pretty strong up top.

There is a final weaker and colder system moving through Tuesday night into Wednesday.  The forecast models have been trending drier with this storm.  We may see an additional 4-7 inches at the base, and 4-8 inches on the mountain by Wednesday evening.

It looks like we may transition into a colder and drier pattern next Friday into the week of the 27th.  We could see several inside slider type systems from the North with light snowfall amounts.

The end of the month into March we may transition to a milder and dry pattern unless the jet stream can undercut the ridge into CA.