Thursday we should see partly sunny skies and lighter winds, with highs only in the 20's. Overnight lows down into the single digits.
Friday we have increasing clouds and ridgetop winds. We could see some light snow showers in the afternoon. The ridge winds could increase to 40+ mph.
For the weekend we are watching 2 cold systems moving in. We will see a weaker system moving through Friday night into Saturday. We could see 5-8 inches of new snow by Saturday morning, with another 3-5 inches during the day Saturday. This is a cold storm with highs in the 20's, so more powdery snow falling. Winds could be gusty up top up to 55+ mph, but not expected to be a big issue with this system.
A stronger system is expected for Saturday night into Sunday, with snow showers lingering into Sunday night. This is another cold storm with high snow ratios and powdery snow. The ridge winds could get strong with this storm Saturday night into Sunday morning, up to 100+ mph, affecting upper mountain lifts. Winds and snowfall rates should come down Sunday afternoon.
We could see an additional 12-20 inches by Sunday morning. Then snow continues Sunday with 8-12 inches possible during the day, and a final 1-3 inches possible Sunday night.
That could mean weekend totals of 2-3 feet at the base and 2-4 feet on the mountain by Monday morning. This is another cold powder storm so Monday should be a great day.
It stays cold with highs in the 20's Monday and Tuesday, with lighter winds. A weak system moving through could bring scattered snow showers with very light accumulations.
Another cold system could move down the coast next Wed-Fri bringing more snowfall. The forecast models are suggesting that this system could tap some deeper moisture off the Pacific which would bring heavier snow but would make the system a little warmer. So we will be watching that over the next week.
There could be another cold system down the coast the weekend of the 16th. The active pattern could continue through the week of the 18th.
Travel Impacts & Information
This series of storms (Friday-Sunday) will coincide with weekend travel, so please note that there may be chain controls, slow moving traffic or road closures as the snow flies. We strongly encourage you to check weather, road status, snow reports and lift status as we move into a dynamic weather pattern over the weekend. Here are some helpful links, and please travel safely!
- Caltrans Highway Status
- Caltrans Quick Mapp app
- Truckee CHP Facebook page (real-time road notifications)