4 Foot Storm Totals Up Top!

Category: Weather
Storm Report:

Mountain Ops is reporting an additional 18 inches at the base and 29 inches up top in the past 24 hours! That is well over the original forecast for the storm. I did a midday update yesterday increasing the forecast to 24-30 inches after seeing the very heavy band of precipitation set up right over Squaw.  The 2-day storm totals are now 28 inches at the base and 4 feet up top!

Snowboarder in powder at Squaw Valley
Snowboarder enjoying the new snow at Squaw Valley on January 6, 2018. Photo: Ben Birk

We have ridge top gusts to 100 mph early this morning, but they will come down some today. They could still be gusting 50-60 mph this afternoon. That could cause delays in lifts opening on the upper mountain, as well as the avalanche control operations happening this morning.  Temperatures will be in the 30's with some clouds and a chance for scattered snow showers.

Tuesday Night-Wednesday Storm:

A 3rd storm is expected to push in by Tuesday evening, and out by Wednesday afternoon. This storm could have higher snow levels around 7,000 feet with rain at the base. The latest forecast model runs are weakening this system with the latest runs showing the potential for 3-7 inches on the upper mountain with this storm, but it will have strong winds for the upper mountain.


Thursday should be the nicest weather of the week. We should see some sun, lighter winds, and temperatures into the 30's on the mountain.

Friday we have increasing clouds and winds ahead of the next storm with highs in the 30's on the mountain.

Weekend Systems:

We have two storms approaching CA this weekend. One Friday night and another Saturday night.  Both storms are forecast to weaken and split apart is they move into CA. 

The latest trend with the first system Friday night is for it to only bring up to an inch of snow.  So we may get more wind than snow. The Saturday night into Sunday storm could hold together a little better bringing the chance for several inches of snow.


The active weather could continue into the week of the 14th. The latest forecast model runs show the potential for 1-2 more storms from the 14th-17th.

Then the pattern may turn drier starting the 18th as high pressure builds in over the West Coast.  We have been expecting that pattern for the 3rd week of January, but it has been getting delayed by a few days.