Happy Thanksgiving! The mountain picked up an additional 7 inches of snow in the past 24 hours bringing the storm total to 25 inches so far.
Thursday - Friday Cold with Scattered Snow Showers:
Low pressure moves east into Nevada Thursday into Friday. That will continue the chance for scattered snow showers with some sun for Thursday. A better chance for accumulating snow showers Thursday night into Friday morning. It remains cold with highs on the mountain in the 20s and overnight lows in the teens for around the clock snowmaking. Lighter winds into Friday morning.
We could see a final 3-7 inches of snow by Friday morning. We should clear out during the day on Friday with continued cold weather. The cold dry weather could last into Saturday morning.
The Weekend Storm:
The next storm is off the coast for CA by Saturday. It will stall off the coast through Monday pointing a stream of heavy precipitation right at the Sierra. We could see moderate-heavy snow and gusty winds push in by Saturday afternoon/evening. Heavy snow could continue through Sunday night before becoming lighter Monday and ending by Monday night.
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 morning. Then warmer air works in Sunday into Monday. With the heavy precipitation rates, snow levels could sit near to just above the base. The upper mountain will see all snow above 7,000 feet.
This storm has the potential to bring 2-3+ feet of thick snow to the upper mountain Sat-Mon. At the base, we will see several inches into Sunday morning. Then we could see rain into Monday, or several more inches of wet snow. 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 Saturday night through Sunday night.
We may see a break Tuesday into Wednesday with only a chance for scattered showers as the storm off the coast moves into Southern CA. It looks like more storms could arrive later in the week into the weekend of the 7th bringing more snow to the mountain.