The very heavy rain ahead of the cold front cleared the Tahoe basin by 8:30. That kept the heavy precip way ahead of the cold air now moving in behind the front. So we did not see any snow as snow levels stayed above 9,000 feet as the rain moved through. Temperatures are falling quickly behind the front. Snow levels look to already have dropped close to 8,000 feet as I do see some snow showers falling on the upper mountain.
The winds are strong behind the front for today and that will be today's main weather event. We had ridge top winds over 100 mph early this morning and they are still gusting over 80 mph. Wind gusts over 70 mph could continue through most of the day. The rain also caused for unstable snow on the mountain causing avalanche concerns. Between that and the high winds we may see a delay in lift openings today.
We could see scattered snow showers into the afternoon, but not expecting more than a coating of snow. Snow levels should fall to 7,000 feet by late morning and then to the base by evening but we are already cleared out by then. Watch for the wet snow to start freezing up later this afternoon up top.
Sunday morning we may have icy conditions early but then as the sun warms us up we should see the snow soften with highs in the 40's and lighter winds. The Monday we should have sun and highs in the 50's.
We get brushed by a system on Tuesday that may only bring some clouds and gusty winds. Maybe a few rain showers with high snow levels. Then Wednesday night into Thursday a cold trough pushes in and could bring us several inches of snow. Early estimates are 6-9 inches on the mountain. Temperatures drop into the 40's Tuesday into Wednesday and 30's Thursday into Friday.
Another storm could move in next weekend bringing another shot of colder air, and more snow possible next Saturday into Monday the 16th.
The long-range of the model runs keep a trough near the West Coast through the 23rd which could keep the storm door open.
In April that doesn't mean as much as it does in January as the storms get weaker in April. But we could continue to see shots of cooler air and some snow every few days starting this Wednesday. So a few more powder days could be on the way.