Another foot of snow fell in the past 24 hours at the 8,000 ft. level, bringing the storm total to 26 inches. With a March total now of 208 inches Alpine has officially broken the old record for March of 202 inches set in 2011!
On the rest of the mountain storm totals are around a foot at the 7500' level, 6 inches at the 7000' level, and an inch of sloppy wet snow at the base. These warmer storms tend to have big variances from bottom to top.
The upper mountain total at Squaw for the month now is at 211 inches, and 372 inches for the season! That is 83% of the total seasonal average now, with 57% of that falling in just the last 3 weeks! The March record for Squaw is 241 inches set in 2011. With the forecast for the weekend we will come close but will likely come in just shy of the record.
Sunny with increasing clouds today (Friday). Highs in the 30's with ridge top winds to 70 mph causing lift closures up top.
Tonight snow showers move in with 1-3 inches of snow possible.
Saturday it's cold with highs in the 20's on the mountain and 30's at the base. Snow showers continue with an additional 1-3 inches possible. Ridge winds up to 50+ mph.
Saturday night snow showers continue with 1-3 additional inches possible.
Sunday it is still cold with highs in the 20's and 30's continuing. Wind gusts drop off but could still gust 30-40 mph up top. Lingering snow showers could drop a final 1-2 inches.
So in total we could add 9-19 inches of snow to the mountain over the weekend. It will be a much more powdery snow than what we saw the first half of this storm.
Monday the sun returns but it stays cold with highs in the 20's on the mountains and 30's at the base. We warm quickly Tuesday into the 30's and 40's, and the 40's and 50's by Wednesday through the end of the week.
The sunny and springlike weather could continue into the week of the 2nd. The next chance for a storm looks to be around the 5th-8th of April.