Colder with Snow Thursday, More Snow Possible Sunday

Category: Weather
Snowfall Report:

The storm performed as expected the past 24 hours with snow changing to rain at the base yesterday afternoon and back to snow early this morning.  The snow levels topped out around 7,000 feet overnight. 

On the upper mountain near 8,000 feet, the report this morning is another 23 inches in the past 24 hours, with 5 wet inches at the base.  That brings the 3 day total on the upper mountain to 53 inches so far, and 28 inches at the base with rain before the latest 5.

Thursday:

Thursday heavy snow continues with ridgetop winds gusting to 90+ mph likely causing upper mountain lift closures. Then lighter snow showers Thursday night taper off by Friday morning.  Colder air continues to work in making for lighter density snow through the day.

We could see additional snowfall of 10-16 inches at the base, and 16-24 inches on the mountain by Friday morning.

The Weekend:

Friday the next system moves through to our north.  The latest trend is for this system to push further south, but with rising snow levels.  We could see some gusty winds on Friday with the chance of a few showers into Friday night.  Snow levels around 7,500 feet, so rain showers on the lower mountain, and maybe an inch or two of snow on the upper mountain.

Saturday high pressure builds in with nice weather.  Highs in the 40's with lighter winds.

A final storm moves in Sunday/Sunday night.  This storm is trending wetter as it pushes further south.  Snow levels could hover around 7,000 feet through the day on Sunday, then falling well below the base behind the cold front Sunday evening.  We could see rain at the base changing to snow with 1-3 inches possibly by Monday morning, and 6-12 inches on the mountain.

Long-Range:

We are expecting a dry pattern to build in starting Monday the 21st through the last week of January as high pressure builds in off the West Coast blocking storms.

BA