Thursday - Thursday Night Storm:
A strong storm moves in Thursday morning, around 9-10 AM, with heavy snow expected into the evening. Then snow showers Thursday night possibly lingering into early Friday morning before clearing out by daybreak. This is a cold storm that could bring 10-15 inches of new snow to the base, and 15-20+ inches of powdery snow to the mountain by Friday morning.
The strong winds could continue through the day on Thursday gusting to 80+ mph up top in the morning and 60+ mph in the afternoon, possibly affecting some upper mountain lift operations. The winds are forecast to drop off towards the end of the day. Highs will be in the 20s on the upper mountain and 30s at the base, but it will feel much colder with the wind.
Friday thru the Holiday Weekend:
We clear out on Friday with mostly sunny skies and cold temperatures. The winds die off making for a beautiful day for skiing the fresh snow. Highs in the 20s up top and 30s at the base.
A drier pattern for MLK weekend. High pressure builds in over CA with mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Highs into the 30s on the upper mountain and 40s at the base Saturday & Sunday.
There is the chance for a weak system to move in by Monday afternoon/evening, so we will keep an eye on that for return travel from the holiday weekend.
We transition into a more unsettled pattern next week. We have the chance for a storm Tuesday that could bring more snow to the mountain.
The forecast models are in disagreement on whether the active pattern continues through the end of the week into the weekend of the 25th, or if we see a drier pattern. So we will continue to monitor that as we get closer.
If we do see a drier pattern later next week into the weekend of the 25th, we may transition to a more active pattern for the week of the 27th.