We picked up 2 inches of snow in the past 24 hours from scattered snow showers. That brings the 4-day storm total to 57 inches on the upper mountain! The season total is now at 572 inches on the upper mountain, and 362 inches at the base! That is 182% of average for the date!
We are continuing to see ridgetop winds gusting to 60-70+ mph this morning. Despite that, ski patrol has cleared some of the upper mountain lifts like Summit at Alpine to open this morning. We should continue to see mountain top gusts to 50+ mph through the afternoon.
We will have clouds with some peeks of sun and scattered snow showers possible through this evening. High temperatures into the 30's today.
Later Friday night the next storm to moves in. The heaviest snow is expected during the day on Saturday, with lighter snow showers Saturday night into Sunday before the storm clears out Sunday night. We could see 2-4 inches of snow Friday night, 5-9 inches Saturday, 1-3 inches Saturday night, 1-2 inches Sunday, and a final 1-2 inches on Sunday night. That would give us a storm total of 10-20 inches on the mountain by Sunday night.
Snow levels should be to the base through Saturday but may rise above the base to 6,500 feet Saturday evening into Sunday with some rain showers at the base. We could see 3-6 inches at the base before a change to rain. Winds don't look to be as strong with this storm with gusts to 50+ mph up top through the weekend.
We could see another quick break Monday with some sun and highs in the 30's.
Then the next storm pushes in Tuesday and could last into next Thursday. Snow levels could hover near the base through Wednesday before falling behind a cold front Wednesday night into Thursday. This storm has the potential to drop another 20-30 inches of snow on the mountain.
We may see another break next Friday. Some forecast models show the possibility of a cold storm moving into CA the weekend of the 9th.
The active pattern could continue through the 2nd week of March.