27 Inches & We're Just Getting Started

Category: Weather
Snow So Far

We picked up 7 more inches in the past 24 hours as of Sunday morning, bring the total on the upper mountain for the last 3 days to 27 inches.

Big Storm Moving In

Snow moves in Sunday night with heavy precip and rising snow levels in Monday night before tapering off Tuesday morning to showers. Snow levels start near the base Sunday evening and then rise overnight to between 7000-7500 feet by Monday morning, and may sit there into Monday evening. Then fall below the base later Monday night. Winds through Tuesday are strong with mountain top gusts over 100 mph.

With the varying snow levels the lake level and 7000 ft. snow forecasts are tricky. We could see 1-2 inches this evening at the base before the rain, and then 7-11 inches at the end as the rain turns back to snow Monday night.

Above 7000 feet on the mountain it may stay snow or switch back and forth so heavy wet snow is expected at that elevation. We could see 2-4 feet between 7000-8000 feet, and 3-5 feet above 8000 feet through Tuesday morning.

(as a reference the base is around 6000 feet, and high camp is around 8200 feet)

Colder Air and Light Snow Behind the Storm

Lots of cold air moves in behind the storm. A weaker and colder storm moves through Tuesday night into Wednesday and could bring an additional 3-6 inches at the base, and 5-8 inches on the mountain.

A break Thursday, and then Friday into Saturday a cold low moving down from the North could bring several more inches of snow if it tracks close enough.

Another similar type cold low from the North could bring light snowfall again on Monday the 28th.  Overall we could be heading into a colder pattern starting Wednesday with highs in the 20's through the extended range.