The mountain picked up a fresh 1-2 inches at the base, and 3-4 inches on the upper mountain form the weak system that moved through on Wednesday. That brings the season total to 78-84 inches on the upper mountain!
Thursday - Friday:
Thursday we should see partly sunny skies with light south winds and highs in the 30s. Friday we may start with partly cloudy skies, but increasing clouds and wind through the day. The ridge top winds could be gusting to 50+ mph by morning, and then to 90+ mph but Friday night ahead of the next storm. That should cause upper mountain lift closures in the morning or by the afternoon.
The snow may hold off until after 4 p.m.
Friday Night - Sunday Storm:
The next storm moves in later Friday afternoon/evening. We should see heavy snow Friday night, with light-moderate snow Saturday morning, and then another round of heavy snow possible Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. The snow should become more showery on Sunday before tapering off by Monday evening.
Snow levels may start out above the base in the 6500-7000 foot range Friday night with rain at the base. Then slightly cooler air works in throughout the storm. We could see snow levels near to just above the base Saturday morning and falling to the base by Saturday evening through Sunday. Expecting strong winds with gusts to 60+ mph up top Saturday before coming down on Sunday. Winds could affect lift operations on the upper mountain.
By Sunday evening we could see 9-18 inches of new snow at the base, and 18-33 inches of new snow on the mountain above 7k, with the highest amounts up top. We still have 1 more day to fine-tune the forecast. By Sunday the mountain should be in great condition, especially for early December. I would expect a lot of terrain expansion into next week.
The long-range models suggest a drier pattern starting Monday the 9th. That could last for at least a week but that doesn't mean we couldn't see a weak system sneak in. We will be watching closely. Highs into the 40s next week at the base and 30s for the top of the mountain.
Helpful Travel Links
Save these links & use them to plan your travel day.
- For the most in-depth, detailed forecast, visit the NOAA Weather forecast for Olympic Valley. Adjust the location according to your route.
- To view highway webcams, closure, chain control, and incident information in California, use the Caltrans Quickmap Website & App
- To view highway webcams, closure, chain control, and incident information in Nevada, use the NV Roads 511 Website & App
- To check the status of California highway closures, use Caltrans Highway Status
- For local information, check the CHP - Truckee Facebook Page. They are an active, responsive, and informative resource.
Winter driving conditions in the Sierra can change rapidly, leading to whiteouts, accidents, and traffic delays.
If you simply must travel this weekend, here are some things to remember.
- Have extra water, food, necessary medication and warm clothing in the car with you. Be prepared to be waiting for long periods of time.
- Carry chains and know how to use them.
- Do not leave the area without a full tank of gas.
- Become familiar with this list of Winter Driving Tips.