The snowfall totals are much higher than expected this morning with the snow levels falling about 8-9 hours faster than expected yesterday afternoon and overnight. Partly because of some colder air moving in aloft, and partly because of the very heavy precip rates dragging down the snow levels well below the freezing levels. Squaw picked up 32 inches in the past 24 hours up top and 9 inches at the base. Alpine 28 inches up top and 12 at the base.
We should see snow showers most of the day and then tapering off this evening. We could see another 3-6 inches before the storm is done.
Nice Weather For The Weekend
Over the weekend and into next week high pressure builds in over the region bringing out the sun and dry conditions. It will be a beautiful weekend with temperatures in the 30's and lighter winds. Only expecting mountain top gusts to reach 30 mph.
Temperatures continue to warm into next week into the 40's through Wednesday with sun. We may go into the low 50's at the base by Wednesday.
There is a pattern change back to stormy expected by next Thursday. There is a large trough expected to push into the Eastern Pacific and into the West Coast by the end of the week. This is more of a positive EPO and WPO pattern with a trough up in the Gulf of Alaska and colder storms with less AR's for CA. The storms look like they could have snow levels that start above 7k but have cold air that will work in with each one dropping snow levels pretty fast.
The first storm moves may push in Thursday. It's too early to get into snowfall details but you can see my forecast on the 10 day forecast on the resort pages. This far out it looks like about 6-12 inches.
The trough may become well established along the West Coast by next weekend. That would allow a stronger storm for next weekend. The long-range of the models show a decent storm with enough cold air for all snow on the mountains Saturday into Sunday. Then possibly another storm behind that.
If the pattern sets up right these could be drier storms that drop a foot or two of snow each. Much more manageable storms.