Partly sunny skies with some high clouds expected for Friday. Highs in the 50s. Ridgetop winds gusting to 40+ mph from the southwest by afternoon.
Sun and clouds for Saturday and windy. Southwest winds gusting to 70+ mph up top, possibly closing some upper mountain lifts. Highs dropping into the 40s.
Saturday Night - Sunday Storm:
Snow showers could push in as early as Saturday evening ahead of the cold front, with steadier snow expected overnight as the front moves through. Then scattered snow showers possible into Sunday. Snow levels starting below the base. Highs only in the 20s on the upper mountain and 30s at the base on Sunday. Ridgetop winds could still be gusting to 40+ mph from the northeast making it feel even colder.
The latest forecast model runs show enough precipitation for 3-6 inches of fresh snow possible up top by Sunday afternoon, and 2-4 inches at the base. Most of that falling by Sunday morning with the final coating to an inch possible on Sunday.
Next week we could see another dry week. We start the week sunny and cold with highs in the 30s up top and 40s at the base Monday, with a brisk northeast wind continuing. Then we could stay dry through the end of the week with temperatures warming about 10 degrees for the 2nd half of the week.
We are continuing to watch a possible shift in the pattern the weekend of the 7th through the week of the 9th. That could bring us the chance for a weak system Saturday the 7th, with wetter systems possible through the week of the 9th.