Nice thru Friday, Cold Weekend with Significant Snowfall Possible

Category: Weather
Wednesday - Friday:

Mostly sunny through Friday. Highs into the 40s on the upper mountain 50s at the base. Light east winds turning southwest Friday and increasing later in the day.

Weekend Storm:

We could see light snow break out early morning Saturday as the next storm approaches. Steadier snowfall expected by afternoon lasting into Sunday and Sunday night. The heaviest snow could fall during the day on Sunday. Snow levels well below the base. Ridgetop winds gusting to 70+ mph Saturday and 40+ mph for Sunday, possibly affecting some upper mountain lift operations. Highs dropping into the 20s on the upper mountain and 30s at the base for the weekend.

We are still watching the track of this cold system closely. It has the potential to bring significant snowfall through Sunday night. Some model runs show up 4 feet of snow over the mountain, but some show only up to 2 feet. For now, we will be conservative with a forecast for 14-21 inches at the base, and 21-32 inches on the mountain by early Monday morning. Around 40% of that falling by Sunday morning. This is expected to be a powdery snow with 15:1 ratios on the mountain.

Monday - Tuesday Snow:

The storm may linger into Monday with lighter snow showers possible. Then a final wave may dive in Tuesday with snow showers continuing. It stays cold with highs in the 20s and 30s. We could see several more inches of snow on the mountain Mon-Tue.

Long-Range:

We may see a break next Wednesday - Thursday. Then another system may dive south into CA by the end of next week.

BA