Once again Squaw got hit the hardest of any mountain in the basin. Heavier snowfall set up northwest of the lake through last night bringing us more snow than forecast. The 24-hour report this morning is 22 inches at the base and 29 inches to the upper mountain! That brings the 2 day total to 2.5 feet already, with the big storm still to come.
Wednesday we will see more light to moderate snow with snow levels increasing to 6,500 feet (just above the base) by evening, and ridgetop winds increasing to 90+ mph closing upper mountain lifts.
Wednesday night heavy snow pushes in with snow levels rising to 7,000 - 7,500 feet and then falling to the base by Thursday morning. That could mean mostly rain at the base overnight. We are expecting an additional 3-5 inches at the base by morning, but possibly way more than that if snow levels can be dragged down faster by the heavy precipitation. Expecting 17-29 inches of additional snowfall on the mountain above 7,000 feet by Thursday morning.
Thursday heavy snow continues with ridgetop winds gusting to 90+ mph likely causing upper mountain lift closures at least in the morning. Then lighter snow showers Thursday night taper off by Friday morning. We could see additional snowfall of 12-16 inches at the base, and 16-24 inches on the mountain by Friday morning.
Friday into Saturday high pressure builds in with nice weather. Highs in the 30's on the mountain with lighter winds.
We could see a final storm Sunday/Sunday night with several inches of snow possible on the mountain for Monday morning. We will fine-tune the snowfall for this storm as we get closer.
We are expecting a dry pattern to build in starting Monday the 21st through the last week of January as high pressure builds in off the West Coast blocking storms.