6 Inches So Far, Heavy Snow for Saturday Night

Category: Weather
Snowfall Report:

We were expecting 3-5 inches of snow overnight.  Squaw picked up 6 up top and 4 at the base, and Alpine is reporting 4 inches overnight.

Weekend Storms:

Snow showers continue this morning.  Ridgetop winds are gusting 60-70 mph which may affect upper mountain lift operations.  The winds will continue to increase this afternoon as a stronger storm approaches.  We could see an additional 3-6 inches of snow during the day today.  The snow becomes heavier later this afternoon.

A stronger system will move through Saturday evening into Sunday morning, with snow showers lingering into Sunday afternoon before ending.  This is another cold storm with high snow ratios and powdery snow.  The ridge winds could get strong with this storm Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning, up to 100 mph tonight.  We could see an additional 18-24 inches Saturday night.

Winds and snowfall rates should come down on Sunday.  Maybe enough to not affect upper mountain lifts later in the day.  Expecting lighter snow showers in the morning becoming scattered by afternoon before ending.  We could see a final 2-4 inches of snow by Sunday evening.

Monday-Wednesday:

We should see a break Monday with partly cloudy skies, lighter winds, and highs in the 20's.

The break in storms may last into Tuesday.  But the next storm moves in later Tuesday into Tuesday night and could last into Wednesday night.  This is another cold storm that could bring another round of heavy snow and strong winds.  We could see another 2-3 feet of snow with this storm by Thursday morning.

Long-Range:

Thursday we could have another break.  Then 2 more cold systems could drop down from the Gulf of Alaska next weekend the 15th-17th.  That could bring even more snow on top of the already impressive snowfall amounts so far this month.

The active pattern could continue through the week of the 18th.

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