The mountain picked up an additional 7 inches of snow in the past 24 hours bringing the final 3.5-day storm total to 38 inches at Squaw and 42 inches at Alpine on the upper mountain! 30-33 inches at the base.
Warmer Storm Saturday - Monday:
The next storm will stall off the coast Saturday through Monday, pointing a stream of heavy precipitation right at the Sierra by Saturday night through Sunday night. We could see light snow break out Saturday, and then moderate-heavy snow and gusty winds push in by evening. Heavy snow could continue on the mountain through Sunday night before becoming lighter and ending sometime Monday.
This is a warmer storm with rising snow levels. With the cold air in place ahead of the storm, we may see snow levels stay near to just above the base until Sunday morning. Then warmer air works in Sunday into Monday. With the heavy precipitation rates, snow levels could rise to 7,000 feet Sunday, 7,500 feet Sunday night, and 8,000 feet at the end Monday.
This storm has the potential to bring 2-3+ feet of thicker/wetter snow to the upper mountain above 7k by Monday. At the base, we could see several inches into Sunday morning before a change to rain, with rain up to 8k on top of the new snow by Monday. Winds could gust up to 50 mph on the upper mountain Saturday night into Sunday.
On Monday we should see the rain and snow taper off. The winds become lighter. We could see clouds and scattered showers Tuesday into Wednesday as the low off the coast moves inland Tue - Wed. Snow levels stay above 7k.
We could see a break on Thursday. Then the next storm may push in Friday into Saturday bringing another round of snow to the mountain. This storm could start warm with snow levels falling with a cold front.
Travel Impacts & Information
This storm coincides with Thanksgiving 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 the 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!