Nice Weather Sunday, Cold & Snow Inbound

Category: Weather
Snowmaking at the top of Squaw Creek chairlift at Squaw Valley
Temps dipped into the 20s last night, allowing for snowmaking at Squaw and Alpine. 

Sun and clouds for Sunday with light winds and highs into the 50s.

Cold & Snowy Week Ahead:

Monday we will see another shot of cold air into the Sierra. Highs on the mountain drop back into the 30s for Monday-Tuesday. Winds pick up Monday with gusts to 40+ mph on the ridges, and to 60+ mph Tuesday with the approach of the next storm.

NOAA weather forecast for Squaw Valley - November 24, 2019
The Storm:

The next storm moves in Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. This is a cold storm with high snow ratios of up to 20:1 on the upper mountain that will bring powdery snow. The latest forecast models show enough precipitation to bring 18-24 inches of snow to the upper mountain by Wednesday morning, and 12-18 inches at the base.

An area of low pressure forms along the CA coast Wednesday and moves south and then through southern CA Thursday. That should continue scattered snow showers Wednesday through Thursday night. We should start to clear out completely on Friday.

It remains cold with highs on the mountain continuing to be in the 20s Wed-Fri. Winds come down some on Wednesday and lighter for Thursday. High snowfall ratios continue as well. We could see 3-6 inches of additional snowfall Wednesday and 2-4 inches depending on where snow showers fall Wednesday night - Thursday night.

We will continue to fine-tune the details as we get closer. Be advised that the snow and wind will impact holiday travel, especially with the powdery snow that will easily blow around.


It looks like the storms could clear out next Friday into the weekend of the 30th. The next storm is off the coast by Saturday. Some forecast models push in precipitation Saturday night into Sunday while others keep the system off the coast through the weekend. We will watch closely to see if we could see more snow next weekend.

If the storm stalls off the coast, it could push in sometime during the week of the 2nd.


Holiday Travel & Road Information

If you are driving to the mountains for your Thanksgiving holiday, please plan ahead! Roads delays and closures are likely with the incoming storm (Tuesday afternoon-Thursday). Check these helpful resources: 

If you are driving during a snowstorm, it's always a good idea to pack extra blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle. We do not recommend travel in this type of weather without a 4WD or AWD vehicle. Please travel safely!