Friday - Saturday:
Friday we have partly cloudy skies with increasing winds. Ridgetop winds gusting to 40+ mph in the morning and increasing to 60+ mph in the afternoon.
Saturday we have another dry day with winds continuing to increase to 80+ mph on the mountain tops and to 40+ mph down to the base. Highs in the 40s at the base and 30's on the upper mountain.
Winds will likely start to affect upper mountain lifts Friday afternoon, and we could see several lifts closed on Saturday with the strong winds.
The latest forecast model runs show precipitation moving into the Sierra Sunday morning bringing light-moderate snow to the mountain Sunday into Sunday evening before tapering off. Snow levels drop below the base Sunday morning. Winds Sunday could continue to gust to 60+ mph up top continuing to affect some upper mountain lift operations.
The latest forecast model runs show just under a half an inch of total precipitation through Sunday night. That could drop a fresh 2-4 inches at the base, and 3-6 inches on the mountain by Monday morning.
Monday through Thursday could be cold and mainly dry as weak splitting systems drop down the CA coast to our west. A few snow showers are not out of the question but mainly expecting partly cloudy skies. Highs in the 30s at the base and 20s on the mountain.
The next chance for some light snow may be Thursday night into next Friday, and another weak system or two for the weekend of the 28th.
Going into the end of the month and the first week of January, we may see a coldish and drier pattern with only a chance for very weak systems if any.
We will be watching for any pattern changes that could bring bigger storms as we go into January.