A band of heavier snow moved in over the mountain overnight bringing more snow than expected. The mountain is reporting 6-7 inches at the base and 9-11 inches on the upper mountain in the past 24 hours!
Tuesday – Thursday Storm:
Low pressure will slowly make its way down the CA coast with snow showers possible through Thursday before clearing out Thursday night. This is a cold system with highs only in the 30s through Thursday at the base and 20s up top. The winds should be lighter for Tuesday – Thursday but still gusting 30-40+ mph up top. We could see a bit of a lull in the snow showers Tuesday morning and then returning Tuesday afternoon with an additional 1-2 inches of snow possible by Tuesday evening.
Tuesday night into Wednesday morning we could see a period of heavier snow as we see precipitation push in on the east side of the low as it moves south past the Tahoe Basin. It will be cold Tuesday night with very low snow levels & high snow ratios with powdery snow. That could help to fluff the snowfall with 5-8 inches of additional snowfall possible on the mountain by Wednesday morning, and another 1-3 inches possible Wednesday.
Scattered snow showers with some peeks of sun are possible Wednesday afternoon through Thursday before we clear out Thursday night. A final 1-2 inches of snow is possible. Additional snowfall totals by Friday morning could be 6-11 inches at the base and 9-15 inches on the upper mountain on top of the snow that fell Monday night. That could mean storm totals of 18-24 inches on the upper mountain.
We have high-pressure building in Friday into Saturday with mostly sunny skies and warming temperatures. Highs into the 40s at the base and 30s on the upper mountain. That weather could continue into Sunday, but a cold trough could begin to move in by Sunday night with some gusty winds and light snow showers possible.
The colder air and snow showers could continue next Monday. Then we may be drier through the end of next week as high pressure builds back in.
The next chance for active weather looks like it could be around the end of the 3rd week of March into the last week of the month. We will be keeping an eye on that.