We have much colder air in place behind the Wednesday storm that brought a coating of snow to the mountain. High temperatures are only in the 30s on the mountain and overnight lows in the 20s. That is making for much better snowmaking conditions!
Over the weekend high pressure builds back in with sunny weather expected. Highs warm into the 40s over the weekend on the mountain, and to around 50 degrees at the base. Lighter winds expected. Overnight lows continue to dip into the 20s.
Pattern Change Next Week:
Next week we are expecting a shift in the pattern that will bring more cold air and the chance for a few storms to move in from the northwest. The first system drops down to our east on Monday bringing another shot of cold air to the Sierra. Highs on the mountain drop back into the 30s for early next week.
We are keeping an eye on the next storm that could dig farther south into CA Tuesday night into Wednesday. That could be followed by additional systems moving through from Thanksgiving into the weekend of the 30th. These storms look cold. The question will be how much over water trajectory they will have and how much moisture they can pick up and deliver to the Sierra.
We will continue to fine-tune the details as we get closer and to start looking at potential snowfall for each storm once they are in the 5-day window. But be advised that we could see several days of snow that could impact holiday travel.
The cold and active pattern could continue into the first week of December.