For Friday we start with partly cloudy skies, but increasing clouds and wind through the day. The ridge top winds are gusting to 50+ mph this morning and will increase to 90+ mph by Friday night ahead of the next storm. That could cause upper mountain lift closures at some point during the day.
Any snow should hold off until after 4 p.m.
Friday Night - Sunday Storm:
The next storm moves in Friday 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 Sunday evening.
Snow levels start out above the base in the 6700-7200 foot range Friday night with rain at the base. We could see 3-6 inches of snow on the upper mountain by early Saturday morning.
Then slightly cooler air works in throughout the storm. We could see snow levels around 6500-7000 ft. Saturday with rain continuing at the base. Then lowering below the base Saturday night. By Sunday morning we could see an additional 12-18 inches of snow on the upper mountain, and 3-7 inches at the base.
For Sunday we could see lingering snow showers that wind down by evening, with a final 1-3 inches of snow possible. Storm totals of 5-10 inches at the base, 15-23 inches at mid-mountain, and 19-27 inches for the top.
Expecting strong winds with gusts to 80+ mph up top Saturday before coming down on Sunday. Winds could affect lift operations on the upper mountain again Saturday. Highs in the 30s through the weekend.
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. There is a weak system Wednesday that could bring a shower or two if it doesn't completely fall apart before reaching us.
We could see a change in the pattern back to active during the 3rd week of December. We will watch closely and let you know.