Friday - Friday Night:
Friday into Friday night we will see the next round of steadier precipitation push in. Snow levels dropping to around 6500-7000 ft. (just above the base) during the day and holding there through Friday evening. Then dropping to below the base Friday night.
By Saturday morning we could see 1-2 inches of snow at the base, and 9-14 inches on the upper mountain. Winds on Friday gusting to 50+ mph on the mountain which is marginal for possible closure of some upper mountain lifts. Highs in the 30s.
Saturday - Sunday Morning:
Saturday we should see lighter more scattered snow showers through the day with snow levels below the base. Highs Then a final system Saturday night brings more snow and colder air. Snow showers could linger into Sunday morning before we clear through the day.
Highs in the 30s at the base and 20s on the upper mountain, with winds dropping to 35+ mph up top Saturday. We may only see a coating to an inch Saturday depending on where snow showers fall, but then a final 2-4 inches at the base, and 3-6 inches on the mountain Saturday night.
The snow should end pretty quickly by Sunday morning. Then we clear out through the day. We should see some sun with cold temperatures and lighter winds. Highs in the 30s at the base and 20s on the mountain.
Monday through Tuesday we should see dry weather with highs in the 30s.
The next storm looks like it splits next week with a low spinning up off the West Coast. The forecast models are at odds on whether or not that system brushes us with snow Wednesday as it moves into Southern CA. We will be watching the track all week.
Another storm will approach the West Coast for next weekend. Initially, it could bring heavy precipitation to Northern CA and struggle to push into the Tahoe Basin. But at some point next weekend it's possible that heavy rain/snow does make it to the Tahoe Basin. Stay tuned to the forecast as we get closer.
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.
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 FREE!
- 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.
Winter driving conditions in the Sierra can change rapidly, so be prepared!
- Have extra water, food, necessary medication and warm clothing in the car with you. Be prepared to be waiting for long periods of time if the highways close.
- 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.