The scattered snow showers continued Tuesday adding 5 additional inches of snow to the 2-day storm totals. We saw a total of 8 inches at the base and 17 inches on the upper mountain! Pretty much what we expected from this storm. A nice refresh of the slopes.
Wednesday – Saturday:
High pressure builds back in with a drier pattern Wednesday through Saturday. It starts out cold with highs in the 20s at the base and teens up top Wednesday. Then 30s at the base and 20s up top Thu – Fri, and then 40s & 30s for the weekend. We should see mostly sunny skies each day.
Gusty north-northeast winds up to 40+ mph are possible up top Wednesday, turning northwest Thursday. That could make it feel even colder on the upper mountain. Then they should be lighter Friday into Saturday.
Sunday – Tuesday:
Sunday night into Monday the forecast models are at odds over the storm track. Some models bring storms far enough south for rain & snow reaching the northern Sierra and the Tahoe Basin. Others keep them to our north over northern CA. We’ll continue to watch the trends and update as we get closer.
For now, we’ll expect sun and clouds through the period with some gusty winds possible. By Sunday afternoon ridgetops winds could be gusting to 50+ mph from the southwest. Highs could continue to be in the 40s at the base and 30s up top.
Starting around March 3rd-4th the pattern could shift allowing storms to track farther south into northern CA with a more active pattern for the Tahoe region. We’ll continue to watch the trends on that as well.
Looking way out there, the long-range models continue to suggest a better chance for wetter storms the 2nd week of March. Fingers crossed…