We had a dry weekend with temps after picking up over 3 feet of snow last week up top. The dry and mild weather will continue through Wednesday ahead of a big storm for Thursday into Friday.
Winds will really pick up on Wednesday as a strong jet stream moves into CA. Ridge top winds could be in excess of hurricane force, 75 mph+. The clouds will start to increas by later Wednesday as the storm approaches.
In the early morning hours of Thursday we should see the first flakes begin to fly on the mountain as the storm pushes in. Snow levels will start out around 8000 ft. As a cold front approaches on Thursday heavy precip will push in. Snow levels will fall during the day Thursday to near 7000 ft. by the end of the day. Heavy snowfall is expected above that with 1-2 feet possible at High Camp.
Thursday night the heavy snow continues with snow levels dropping to the base of the mountains. The snow will begin to lighten on Friday and taper off by Friday night. By Saturday morning we could have a foot or more at the base of the mountain. At mid-mtn we could have 18-30 inches, and up top we could have 3-4 feet of new snow.
This storm is different than the last few storms in that it has a cold front associated with it that will usher in colder air during the storm and drop the snow levels. It will also bring in colder snow up top by the end of the storm for some lighter snow on top of the heavier snow. The details of the storm could change over the next few days so stay tuned.
Next weekend looks dry but cold behind the cold front. The following week we could see some weaker systems bring additional snowfall.