A Break Monday, A Final Round of Snow Tuesday

Category: Weather

We have had 2 storms already this week that have dropped up to 22 inches of new snow on the upper mountain!  Sunday morning was another fresh tracks morning as 1-5 inches of snow fell on the mountain Saturday night.  That was on top of 6-18 inches from Thursday nights storm.  We now have seen more snow recorded for May than for the entire month of April.

Monday:

It's a cold and clear morning here in the Tahoe basin.  Temperatures are in the 20's with light winds.  

Mostly sunny for Monday with highs in the 40's at the base and 30's on the upper mountain.  The winds will increase Monday afternoon with upper mountain gusts to 40+ mph.

Storm #3:

Snow showers should increase Monday night as the next storm moves in from the northwest.  Snow levels start out near the base this time.  The heaviest snow could fall Tuesday morning, with showers lingering into Tuesday night as the low moves to our south.

Overall no change to the forecast based on the latest forecast model runs.  Still expecting a possible 3-6 inches of snow for the upper mountain, and 1-3 inches on the lower mountain by Tuesday evening.  That could come as 1-2 inches overnight, and 2-4 inches during the day on Tuesday.  

Highs only in the 30's for Tuesday.  Winds look to be strongest Monday night and then come down on Tuesday.  We could see gusts to 50 mph on the ridges Tuesday morning possibly delaying some upper mountain lift openings, but they should drop through the day.

Into the Holiday Weekend:

The trough shifts east a bit starting Wednesday, but hangs back over the Western U.S. through the weekend, and maybe even until the end of May.  Several systems may drop into the trough from the north, mainly to our east.  That will keep us cool with highs only in the 40's and 50's through the weekend.  It also means we could see showers each day through the weekend, the best chance in the afternoons.

A trough moving through Saturday may bring the best shot at showers.  The snow levels rise into the weekend, so any snow should stay above 8,000 feet with mainly rain showers for the lower mountain and the village.  We could see some light snow on the top of the mountain.

Long-Range:

The long-range models suggest that high pressure could finally build in over the West Coast going into June.

BA