The moisture streaming into Northern CA yesterday sat just south of where we expected. That barely clipped the NW corner of the Tahoe basin and Squaw with continued heavy snow, while the rest of the Tahoe basin saw very little snow yesterday. Squaw picked up an additional 17 inches at the base and 20 inches on the mountain in the past 24 hours. That brings the storm total to 31 inches so far at the base, and 42 inches on the upper mountain.
Wednesday - Thursday:
The winds continue to gust hard on the upper mountain today as the storm continues. Winds this morning are still gusting up to 90 mph up top closing upper mountain lifts. We are expected the strong winds to continue through Wednesday night. Then they come down to 60+ mph for Thursday, but that could still affect some upper mountain lifts, hopefully not.
The precip intensity is expected to back off today as the moisture stream has shifted south with only scattered snow showers over the area. Later Wednesday night into Thursday morning we could see a final wave of heavier precip. Then showers Thursday afternoon before the storm clears out by Thursday night.
Snow levels may jump above the base today up to 6,500 feet with some rain showers possible at the base. Snow levels should fall to the base again tonight with the heavier snow pushing back in.
We could see an additional 2-4 inches on the mountain today, 3-5 inches tonight, and a final 4-7 inches Thursday. Storm totals by Thursday evening could be 4-5 feet on the mountain.
We could see a break Thursday night into Friday, with some sun, lighter winds, and temperatures into the 30's on Friday.
By Saturday morning we are expecting the next storm to move in. We could start as snow and change to rain at the base through Sunday with snow levels hovering between 6,000-6,500 feet. Up on the mountain, we could see light-moderate snow Saturday into Saturday night and scattered snow showers Sunday. On the mountain, we could see 6-12 inches of snow by Sunday morning.
We could see a break on Monday with some sun and scattered snow showers. Then the next storm could move in next Tuesday - Thursday. There could be another storm right behind that for the weekend of the 8th.
The active pattern could continue through the 2nd week of March.