The 24-hour report from the upper mountain is 13-14 inches of new snow, and 6-9 inches from the base of Squaw-Alpine. That brings the 3-day storm totals to 15-16 inches so far on the upper mountain, and the season totals to 121-127 inches! That is 135% of average for the date.
Saturday - Saturday Night:
For Saturday we have a mix of clouds and sun with highs in the 30s at the base and 20s on the upper mountain. The winds have come down with gusts to only 30+ mph expected during the day. It should be a nice day of skiing but cold.
Saturday evening the final round of snow moves in. This final wave is much colder with snow levels well below the base. We will see light snow overnight, ending around sunrise. High snow ratios mean a drier more powdery snow is expected. We could see a final 2-4 inches at the base and 3-5 inches on the upper mountain by Sunday morning.
Sunday - Tuesday:
We will have drier weather for Sunday through Tuesday. Expect some sun with highs in the 30s and lighter winds. Overnight lows in the teens.
Weak Wednesday System:
For Wednesday we may see a system move in that is splitting and weakening. By the time it reaches the Sierra we may only see clouds and maybe a few scattered snow showers.
We should stay dry Thursday and Friday as the next storm takes aim at Northern CA. It will have a tough time pushing east into the Sierra until Saturday-Sunday. Once it does, we could see some rain and snow next weekend. We will be watching this storm all week and fine-tuning the forecast.
Going into Christmas week we may have a cool but drier weather pattern. Still plenty of time to change.