The mountain picked up an additional 8 inches of snow in the past 24 hours bringing the 3-day storm total to 33 inches so far.
Friday - Cold with Scattered Snow Showers:
Scattered snow showers continue Friday, diminishing through the day. Highs in the 20s with lighter winds. We could see a final 1-3 inches of snow.
Friday night into Saturday we have a break. Lows into the teens and highs into the 20s. Winds increasing a little with gusts to 20+ mph by Saturday afternoon.
The Weekend Storm:
The next storm will stall off the coast Saturday through Monday, pointing a stream of heavy precipitation right at the Sierra by Saturday night through Sunday night. We could see moderate-heavy snow and gusty winds push in Saturday by late afternoon/evening. Heavy snow could continue on the mountain through Sunday night before becoming lighter Monday and ending.
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 until 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 or up to 7,000 feet per the latest model runs. The upper mountain should see mostly all snow above 7,000 feet.
This storm has the potential to bring 2-3+ feet of thicker/wetter snow to the upper mountain by Monday. At the base, we could see several inches into Sunday morning before a possible change to rain through Sunday night. Winds could gust to 50 mph on the upper mountain Saturday night into Sunday. Be advised that travel may be difficult to impossible through the mountains Saturday night through Sunday night.
On Monday we should see the rain and snow taper off. The winds become lighter and we should see clearing skies into Tuesday with highs in the 30s.
The system stalled off the coast could move through Southern CA on Wednesday. We could get brushed with some light rain/snow showers with snow levels around 7,000 feet.
The next storm may push in next Thursday or Friday bringing us more snow to the mountain.
Travel Impacts & Information
This series of storms coincides with thanksgiving weekend travel, so please note that there may be chain controls, slow-moving traffic or road closures as the snow flies. We strongly encourage you to check the weather, road status, snow reports, and lift status as we move into a dynamic weather pattern. Here are some helpful links, and please travel safely!