Snow Begins Monday Night, Becoming Heavier Tuesday

Category: Weather

So far we've received 64" of new snow on the upper mountains in January (that's over 5 feet) and a serious Sierra snow storm is moving in. We could see another 4-5 feet by Friday morning. Here is what to expect: 

Source: NOAA weather forecast


Clouds increase on Monday. Light snow from the next system should push in Monday night. We could see light snowfall accumulations of 0-1 inches by Tuesday morning. Ridgetop wind gusts of 25-35 mph. 


Tuesday into Tuesday night snowfall rates increase as the next wave moves through. We could see 7-13 inches of additional snowfall at the base, and 13-18 inches on the mountain by Wednesday morning. Ridgetop wind gusts of 30+ mph Tuesday increasing to 45+ mph Tuesday night.


Wednesday we could see more light to moderate snow with snow levels increasing to 6,500 feet (just above the base), and ridgetop winds increasing to 65+ mph possibly affecting upper mountain lifts.

Then Wednesday night heavy snow pushes in with snow levels rising to 7,000 - 7,500 feet and then falling below the base by Thursday morning. We could see an additional 5-10 inches at the base, and 21-29 inches of snow on the upper mountain by Thursday morning.


Thursday heavy snow continues with ridgetop winds gusting to 100+ mph likely causing upper mountain lift closures. Then lighter snow showers Thursday night taper off by Friday morning.  We could see additional snowfall of 12-17 inches at the base, and 16-22 inches on the mountain by Friday morning.

The Weekend:

Friday storm totals could be over 5 feet on the upper mountain.

Friday into Saturday high pressure builds in with nice weather and highs in the 30's on the mountain.

We could see a final storm brush us Sunday/Sunday night with light snow possible on the mountain. 

Skier at Squaw Valley
Bluebird conditions should be back by Friday! With plenty of fresh powder to shred. Photo: Jeff Engerbretson from January 10, 2018

Then we are expecting a dry pattern to build in starting the 21st through the last week of January.