Rain & snow moved in Friday evening. Snow levels started around 6500' and rose to above 7500' as of early this morning. All rain for the base of Squaw so far. The base of Alpine picked up 3 inches of wet snow before the changeover. The Upper mountains picked up 5-8 inches of new snow overnight.
Saturday - Sunday Storm:
Rain and snow showers will continue through the day on Saturday, heavy at times. Snow levels are steady through the morning and then should start to come down midday through the afternoon, lowering down to around 6500 ft. by 4 PM. We could see 6-10 inches of wet snow on the upper mountain by the end of the day. Ridgetop winds gusting to 70+ mph through the day likely affecting upper mountain lift operations.
Later Saturday afternoon into Saturday night we are expecting a round of heavier snow and falling snow levels. Snow levels Saturday evening will fall below the base. We could see an additional 4-8 inches at the base by Sunday morning, and 8-12 inches on the upper mountain.
For Sunday we will see snow showers in the morning, waning into the afternoon. Ridge gusts of 40+ mph lowering to 30+ mph into the afternoon. We could see a final 1-3 inches of snow before the storm ends Sunday afternoon.
It looks like we will go into a drier pattern for next week. Expecting the sun to return starting Monday. Highs next week warming into the 40s with overnight inversions and lows in the 20s. There is a weak system Tuesday night into Wednesday morning that could bring a snow shower or two if it doesn't completely fall apart before reaching us. Then dry into Thursday.
Another storm moves into northern CA Friday into next Saturday. The forecast models are at odds on whether or not it pushes far enough south to reach the Tahoe Basin. We will keep an eye on that.
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 during storm conditions, 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.
Squaw Alpine Conditions Information
This is where you'll find the best information on mountain conditions.
- Download the Squaw Alpine App for real-time info on weather, lift status and parking.
- Follow the Mountain Ops Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.
- Check the Squaw Alpine Snow & Weather Report
- Check the Lift & Grooming Status
- Check the Squaw Alpine Weather Blog (updated daily)
Parking & Getting Around Squaw Alpine
On storm weekends, traffic and parking can be tricky in the Tahoe area. Utilize the following resources to improve your experience.
- Get an early start in the morning, and CARPOOL if you can! Carpoolers get access to our premium Protect Our Winters parking lot by Plumpjack.
- Park at the Tahoe City Transit Center and take the TART bus into either mountain for just $1.75 a ride. This service will become FREE starting on December 12th.
- If you're staying at a hotel, home, or vacation rental in either valley, you can summon Mountaineer for a FREE ride to the lifts instead of driving!
- To go between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley without driving, use the Squaw Alpine Shuttle.
- For general parking information, please visit this page.