Snowy Weekend Ahead, and Continuing Next Week

Category: Weather
Friday:

Friday we have increasing clouds and ridgetop winds. We could see some light snow showers in the afternoon with 0-1 inches possible by evening.  The ridge winds could increase to 40+ mph.

Weekend Storms:

For the weekend we are watching 2 cold systems moving in.  We will see a weaker system moving through Friday night into Saturday.  We could see 3-5 inches of new snow by Saturday morning, with another 3-6 inches during the day Saturday.  This is a cold storm with highs in the 20's, so more powdery snow falling.  Winds could be gusty up top up to 55+ mph, but not expected to be a big issue with this system through Saturday morning.

A stronger system is expected for Saturday evening into Sunday morning, with snow showers lingering into Sunday evening before ending.  This is another cold storm with high snow ratios and powdery snow.  The ridge winds could get strong with this storm Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning, up to 100 mph, affecting upper mountain lifts.  Winds and snowfall rates should come down Sunday afternoon.

We could see an additional 15-21 inches by Sunday morning.  Then snow continues Sunday with a final 3-7 inches possible during the day.  That should mean weekend totals of 2-3 feet all the way to the base, with a high-end potential of maybe up to 4 feet at the top.

Monday-Wednesday:

It stays cold with highs in the 20's.  A weak system moving through could bring scattered snow showers Monday.  Then a stronger system later Tuesday into Wednesday could bring several more inches of snow or more.  We will be watching the track closely the next few days.

Long-Range:

Another cold system could move down the coast going into the weekend of the 15th.  Some forecast models are suggesting that this system could tap some deeper moisture off the Pacific which would bring heavier snow but could also make the system a little warmer.  So we will be watching that over the next week and fine-tuning the forecast as we get closer.

The active pattern could continue through the week of the 18th.

BA