Snow showers continued on Friday. 24-hour snowfall as of 6 a.m. this morning is an additional 2 inches. That brings the 4-day storm total to 27 inches on the upper mountain, and the season total is now at 616 inches! The conditions are great, but we do have some high winds up top this morning as the next storm approaches that are delaying some lift openings.
The next storm drops down along the CA coast over the weekend. How close to the coast this system tracks and how much moisture pushes into the Sierra is still in question. We are expecting some sun Saturday morning with increasing clouds through the day, and a chance for snow showers during the afternoon. The snow showers could continue through the day on Sunday before ending Sunday night.
These cut-off lows are hard to track and the slightest shift in track could bring us an increase or decrease in snowfall through the weekend. For now, we will take the average of the latest forecast model runs. We could see up to an inch of snow possible Saturday, 1-3 inches Saturday night, and another 1-3 inches possible on Sunday.
We will have to watch the storm closely over the weekend to see if a heavier band of snow sets up near the mountain. It remains breezy and cold through the weekend, with highs in the 20's on the upper mountain and 30's at the base.
We should see a break on Monday with some sun and temperatures remaining cold with highs in the 30's.
Then a weak fast moving system moves through on Tuesday with light snow. We could see 1-2 inches of snow Tuesday afternoon through the evening. Temperatures remain cold with highs in the 30's through Tuesday.
We will see a drier pattern starting next Wednesday through the 3rd week of March. We stay cold through Thursday. Then we should see some milder temperatures as we go into the weekend of the 16th-17th.
There are some signs we could see storms return later in the month.