Heavy snow hammered the NW corner of the Tahoe basin Saturday afternoon and night. Squaw picked up one of the highest totals with 46 inches up top in the past 24 hours, and 40 inches at the base! That brings the 2-day storm total to 52 inches, and the February total to 136 inches! It's only February 10th!
Due to high winds and huge snowfall, the avalanche danger is extreme today. The mountain is closed for Sunday to dig out and perform avalanche mitigation operations. That should make Monday a great powder day once the mountain is able to fully open.
The ridgetop winds have died down below 30 mph this morning. Expecting partly cloudy skies with scattered snow showers through most of the day. Highs only in the 20's. Not that it matters with the mountain closed...
We should see a break Monday with partly sunny skies, lighter winds, and highs in the 20's. Tuesday should be partly cloudy and mostly dry, but winds could pick up in the afternoon ahead of the next storm.
The next storm moves in by Tuesday night and could last into Thursday. This storm should start cold with low snow levels into Wednesday but then could draw in some warmer subtropical moisture Wednesday night into Thursday. We will be watching this closely the next couple days, as snow levels could jump up above the base to 7,000-7,500 feet.
We could see 1-2 feet of snow at the base by Wednesday afternoon before a possible change to rain. Above 7,000 feet where it stays all snow, this storm could drop another 2-4 feet of snow by Thursday afternoon. Stay tuned as we fine tune the details the next few days.
Next weekend another cold system could slowly work its way south down the CA coast. That could bring cold air and snow showers Friday through Sunday. We could see several inches of snow on the mountain each day.
The active pattern could continue through the week of the 18th.