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.
Cold & Snowy Pattern Next Week:
Next week we are expecting a shift in the pattern that will bring more cold air and the chance for a few cold systems to move through. 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 Monday-Tuesday and 40s at the base. Winds pick up Tuesday with the approach of the next 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 mountain that will bring powdery snow. The latest forecast models show enough precipitation from the first system to bring 6-12 inches of snow to the mountain from bottom to top by Wednesday morning.
An area of low pressure looks like it will close off along the CA coast Wednesday and move through southern CA Thursday. That should pull draw up moisture into the northern Sierra with snow showers continuing Wednesday into Wednesday night. We should start to clear out on Thursday.
It remains cold with highs on the mountain continuing to be in the 20s with gusty winds. That also means high snowfall ratios continue as well. We could see several more inches of snow pile up through Wednesday night. Based on the latest forecast model runs we could see totals of 10-15 inches at the base and 15-20 at the summit by Thursday morning.
Still plenty of time for the forecast to change. 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. It could be a cold but nice weekend for skiing. Snowmaking should be able to continue around the clock.
The next storm could drop down from the north Sunday night the 1st just in time for return travel form the holiday weekend. This system looks much weaker than the previous storms. We will keep an eye on that as well as we get closer.