Cloudy Weekend, Light Snow Moves in Monday

Category: Weather
Saturday-Sunday:

Sun and clouds, lighter winds, and temperatures into the 30's on the mountains for the weekend.  Mountain top winds gusts look to only be around 25-35 mph.

Monday System:

A system moves into Southern CA Monday into Monday night.  That could push in some light snow, with 1-2 inches possible on the mountain by Tuesday morning. 

Tuesday into Tuesday night the next system pushes in.  There is a lot of forecast model disagreement with this storm.  We could see light snow or heavy snow with this storm depending on how much moisture it pulls in.  Right now expecting 8-12 more inches of snow by Wednesday morning.

The 3rd storm looks to be the strongest and wettest.  It should move in by Wednesday night and could last into Thursday night.  Winds don't look very strong with the first two systems, but they should be strong with this 3rd storm as the jet stream takes aim at Central CA.  Winds could gust over 75 mph by Wednesday afternoon and over 100 mph by Thursday.  So expect upper mountain lift closures. 

This storm could pull in a lot of moisture off the Pacific bringing up to 2-3 feet of additional snowfall by Friday morning.  We will fine-tune the details for each storm as we get closer.  Snow levels currently look like they will stay below the base through most of the week, maybe briefly rising to 6500 feet Wednesday night.

Long-Range:

There is the chance for a final storm Saturday the 19th, but the trend is for this storm to miss us to the north.  Then we should transition into a drier pattern starting the 20th through the last week of January.

BA