The 1st Storm:
The next storm moves in around midday Tuesday into Tuesday night. This is a cold storm with high snow ratios of up to 20:1 on the upper mountain that will bring powdery snow. The latest forecast models show enough precipitation to bring 20-30 inches of snow to the upper mountain by Wednesday morning, and 18-24 inches at the base.
An area of low pressure sits over CA through Thursday. That will continue snow showers Wednesday becoming more scattered Wednesday night into Thursday. It remains cold with highs on the mountain continuing to be in the 20s and overnight lows in the teens and single digits for around the clock snowmaking! Winds gusting to 70+ mph Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning up top, coming down some on Wednesday and then lighter for Thursday.
High snowfall ratios continue as well. We could see 3-6 inches of additional snowfall by Thursday morning, and 2-4 inches by Friday morning from the snow showers.
Be advised that the snow and wind will impact holiday travel Tuesday through Thursday, especially with the powdery snow that will easily blow around.
We will see a drier day for Friday but cold with highs in the 20s. The forecast models are now showing the next storm pushing in by Saturday. We could see moderate-heavy snow and gusty winds push in as early as Saturday morning. The latest forecast model runs have the storm stalled near the CA through Monday.
This is a warmer storm with rising snow levels. With the cold air in place ahead of the storm, we may see snow levels stay to the base at least through Sunday, and possibly through Monday. We could see snow levels rise slightly above the base Sunday night into Monday.
This storm has the potential to bring several more feet of snow Sat-Mon. We will continue to watch this storm closely as details change as we get closer. Be advised that travel may be difficult to impossible through the mountains this weekend.
We may see a break next Tuesday into Wednesday, but it looks like more storms could arrive later in the week.