Significant Snowfall Expected Monday Night into Thursday

Category: Weather

We saw scattered snow showers Saturday night that dropped 1-2 inches on the mountain.  Clouds and sun with scattered snow showers will continue for Sunday into Sunday night.  We could see another 1-2 inches of snow by Monday morning.  Ridgetop winds to 70+ mph will affect the upper mountain lifts.

Monday - Thursday Storm:

There will be two systems moving into the Pacific NW that will push the heavier precipitation over northern CA farther south into the Tahoe basin Monday night and Tuesday night. We start with light snow Monday morning but the snow should increase later in the day as the heavier precip approaches. Then Monday night through Wednesday night we should see moderate-heavy snow, with snow showers for Thursday before the storm clears out.  

The forecast models had a big jump today with total precip amounts as they point the moisture streaming in off the Pacific directly at Tahoe through Wednesday night. Snow levels should stay down to the base through Wednesday but could rise just above the base Wednesday afternoon/evening before falling again into Thursday. We will see high winds through Wednesday so expect upper mountain lift closures to continue.

We could see a fresh 12-18+ inches on the mountain each morning Tuesday-Thursday, with a few final inches Thursday. Storm totals by Thursday evening could be 3-4 feet at the base, and 4-6 feet on the mountain. The winds should come down Thursday and we could be able to access the snow on the upper mountain later in the morning.

Quick Break:

We could see a break Thursday night through Friday night, with some sun and temperatures into the 30's on Friday. 


We could see a slow-moving storm move in by Saturday and last through most of next weekend. This system looks warmer and could have snow levels peak as high as 7,000 feet. The upper mountain could pick up 1-2 feet next weekend, with some rain possible at the base. We will fine tune that as we get closer.

The active pattern could continue into the 2nd week of March.