Snowy Sunday and Monday, Cold Week Ahead

Category: Weather
NOAA forecast for more snow at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
NOAA weather forecast
Sunday Storm:

Sunday the next storm moves through to our north, but looking at the latest satellite images it is tracking a little further south than originally expected.  That should bring us snow showers Sunday into Sunday night with 1-3 inches of snow possible by Monday morning on the mountain.

Highs remain in the 30's with winds picking up again on Sunday with gusts to 40 mph up top.

Christmas Eve Storm:

A colder and stronger storm moves in by Monday afternoon into Monday night. Then clearing out on Christmas Day. This is a cold storm expected to bring a fresh blanket of fluffy snow to the mountain for Christmas morning. The latest forecast model runs suggest that we could see 4-7 inches at the base, and 7-14 inches on the mountain.

Snow levels start around 7,000 feet on Monday so we could start as rain at the base before snow levels fall during the evening.  Upper mountain wind gusts Monday could be 50+ mph up top causing lift closures, but lighter winds for Tuesday with clearing skies.

Behind the Storm:

Behind the storm, cold air settles in with highs in the 30's on the mountain through New Year's Eve  We should see the sun return by Wednesday and last through the end of the week.

There is a chance for light snow showers Wednesday night and again New Year's eve from weak systems dropping down from the north.


High pressure may build in over the West Coast with milder temperatures and a dry pattern through the first week of January.  Long-range guidance suggests that storms could return by the 2nd week of January.