Up to 3 Feet Possible Through Saturday

Category: Weather

We have a series of storms lined up off the coast.  They will become progressively wetter and colder through Saturday.  

Storm #1:

We have 4 more storm systems on the way this week. The first one moves in Tuesday afternoon. This storm is warmer and weaker. We could see snow levels start around 8,000 feet Tuesday afternoon and fall to 7,000 feet Tuesday night.

That means we are expecting all rain at the base. Above 7,000 feet on the mountain, we could see  1-3 inches of snow by Wednesday morning, with the highest amounts on the upper mountain.  Upper mountain wind gusts over 60 mph could cause some lift issues on Tuesday.

Storm #2:

A 2nd wave rides the jet stream moves into Central CA on Wednesday.  The snow levels should lower and hover around 6,500 feet, just above the base.  We could see some moderate snowfall during the day on Wednesday with 5-8 inches of snow possible above the snow line.  Upper mountain wind gusts look to be around 50 mph.

Wednesday night we have lingering snow showers from the departing storm and the incoming storm.  We could see snow levels fall to the base with 1-3 inches of additional snowfall by Thursday morning.

Storm #3:

A stronger and colder storm is expected to push in by Wednesday night and last through the day on Thursday.  Snow levels should be down to the base with all snow through the day on Thursday.  Wind gusts look to remain around 50 mph up top.  We could see 7-12 inches on the mountain during the day Thursday.

Thursday night the storm moves out with lingering snow showers Thursday evening dropping a final 1-3 inches of snow.  That would bring storm totals at the base to 10-14 inches, and 18-27 inches on the mountain.

Storm #4:

Friday we clear out and it should be a good day for skiing after all the snow.  After a break on Friday, a final storm could drop down from the north on Saturday.  This storm looks cold and could bring 6-12+ inches of cold powdery snow to the mountain by Sunday morning.

Long-Range:

We could see a drier pattern from the 2nd - 7th, but a better pattern for storms could set up the 2nd week of December.

BA