Feet of Snow Friday Night through Tuesday

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Friday:

Friday looks dry at least in the morning, with some light showers possible by late afternoon.  Snow levels starting around 7,500 feet falling to 7,000 in the evening.  Ridgetop gusts to 50+ mph possibly affecting some upper mountain lifts.

Friday Night - Saturday Night Storm:

Friday night into Saturday the next storm moves through.  Heavy snow is expected to push in later Friday night into Saturday, and then snow showers into Saturday night.  Snow levels falling to the base Saturday morning and even colder air working in Saturday night.  Winds gusting to 80+ mph up top on Saturday should affect upper mountain lift operations.

By 5 a.m. Saturday morning only expecting 2-4 inches of snow on the mountain.  By Sunday morning we could see an additional 6-12 inches at the base, and 13-21 inches of snow on the mountain.

Sunday - Tuesday Storm:

A cold trough drops down from the north on Sunday with an additional wave dropping down Monday.  That should keep snow going into Tuesday.  We should continue to see strong upper mountain winds and upper mountain lift closures.  Temperatures dropping into the 20's for highs.  That means it will be cold and the snow will become more powdery Sunday into Monday.

By Monday morning we could see an additional 10-15 inches at the base, and 15-22 inches on the mountain.  By Tuesday morning we could see an additional 18-24 inches at the base, and 24-30 inches on the mountain.

A final 6-12 inches is possible Tuesday before the storm winds down.  That means storm totals by Tuesday evening could be 2.5-4 feet at the base, and 4-6+ feet on the mountain.  The snow becomes more powdery each day over the 4 day storm.  Strong winds keep the upper mountain lifts most likely closed through Monday, with winds coming down Tuesday.  Travel will be very difficult Saturday through Tuesday.

Long-Range:

A colder/drier pattern sets up into next weekend.  Sunny starting Wednesday with highs in the 20's and 30's.  

A more active weather pattern may return the week of the 11th.

BA