Stronger Storm Thursday, Colder Storm Saturday

Category: Weather
New snow at Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe
Snowfall Report:

We picked up a bit more snow than expected on Tuesday. We were only expecting 1-3 inches which is how much fell on the ski resorts to our south. But a heavier band of precip to the north of the lake dropped 6-7 inches on the upper mountain yesterday. It also dragged snow levels to the base for a couple hours as well. We saw an inch to the base at Squaw and 4 inches to the base at Alpine.

NOAA snow forecast for Olympic Valley
NOAA weather forecast
Storm #2:

The overage from yesterday's storm will help to make up from the cutting back of the forecast for Wednesday's storm. The moisture streaming in this morning is a little south of the forecast from yesterday. We should see some snow showers today with snow levels around 6,500 feet, but only expecting 1-3 inches of snow. Upper mountain wind gusts have dropped to 40 mph.

Storm #3:

A stronger and colder storm is expected to push in by Wednesday night and last through the day on Thursday, before moving out Thursday night. Snow levels should be down to the base by later tonight, with all snow through the day on Thursday. Wind gusts look to remain around 40 mph up top. 

We could see 4-7 inches on the mountain Wednesday night, 5-8 inches during the day Thursday, and a final 1-3 inches Thursday evening. That's a potential for 10-18 inches of additional snowfall. At the base, we could see 7-11 inches.

Storm #4:

Friday we clear out and it should be a good day for skiing after all the snow. 

A final storm will drop down from the north on Saturday. This storm looks cold and could bring 6-9 inches of cold powdery snow to the mountain by Sunday morning.


After a break Sunday into Monday, it now looks like we could see another storm Tuesday-Wednesday next week. This is a change on the model runs today, so we will keep an eye on that. The pattern looks like it could remain active through the 2nd week of December.