As expected we saw a change to rain at the base Thursday, with snow levels rising to the summit overnight. Before the change to rain, the upper mountain picked up an additional 12 inches of snow. That brings the 2-day storm total to 15 inches, and the season total is now at 408"! The first mountain in Tahoe to break 400 inches so far this season!
Storm Turns Colder:
Colder air will begin to push in Thursday morning as a cold trough digs in from the Gulf of Alaska for the weekend. Snow levels will fall below the base by Thursday afternoon. Heavy snow is expected through Thursday night. High winds with ridgetop gust well in excess of 100 mph closing upper mountain lifts Thursday.
The snow becomes much more powdery Thursday night as temperatures continue to fall. We could see 12-18 inches of snow at the base by Friday morning, and 18-35 inches on the mountain from base to summit.
Cold & Snowy Weekend:
Friday the heavy snow and gusty winds continue. Then snow showers Friday night through Sunday as several waves move through. Winds gusting to 70+ mph up top could still affect upper mountain lifts operations Friday. Winds are expected to come down more Saturday into Sunday. Highs only in the 20's through the weekend with high snow ratios and powdery snow falling.
We could see an additional 15-20+ inches of snow by Saturday morning, 4-7 inches by Sunday morning, and a final 3-6 inches on Sunday before the storm clears out Sunday night. That means an additional 3-5+ feet of snow is possibly Thursday-Sunday from base to summit.
The week of the 18th we transition into a cold and drier pattern, with inside slider type systems possibly brushing us with light snow Wednesday-Thursday. The other days we should see some sun and lighter winds with highs only in the 20's.
The week of the 25th we could transition into a dry and milder pattern into the first week of March.
Travel Impacts & Information
This series of storms coincides with President's Day weekend travel, so please note that there may be chain controls, slow moving traffic or road closures as the snow flies. We strongly encourage you to check weather, road status, snow reports and lift status as we move into a dynamic weather pattern. Here are some helpful links, and please travel safely!