We were expecting 1-4″ inches of snow Monday night. We picked up a coating at the base and 2″ on the upper mountain.
Scattered showers continue for Tuesday into Tuesday evening before clearing. The snow levels look to hover in the 6500-7500 ft. range during the day and then we see them rise later Tuesday afternoon into the evening up to 7000-8000 ft.
Strong winds continue Tuesday from the west gusting up to 90+ mph up top in the morning and possibly dropping to 70+ mph through the afternoon. That may make it hard to reach some of the fresh snow up top as some wind holds are still possible for some upper mountain lifts. Some rain is possible at the base Tuesday afternoon/night for some wetter snow on the lower mountain by early Wednesday.
We could see an additional coating to an inch of new snow on the upper mountain Tuesday – Tuesday evening, for a storm total of 2-3 inches by Wednesday morning.
Wednesday – Thursday:
We could see partly sunny skies Wednesday as the storm clears. Then mostly sunny Thursday. It will be milder with highs into the 40s at the base and 30s up top. It could be a pair of nicer days and soft snow, but breezy up top.
The winds could turn northwest Wednesday and could gust up to 60+ mph up top in the morning and drop to 40+ in the afternoon. Thursday we could start with light southwest winds and then gusting up to 50+ mph up top by afternoon. Some wind holds possible up top Wednesday morning & Thursday afternoon but the winds could be marginal for that.
Another storm is forecast to move in Friday morning and last into Friday night before clearing by Saturday morning. Gusty winds and more snow for the mountain. We could start with snow levels above 7000 ft. initially and then falling below the base Friday afternoon. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 100+ mph likely closing some upper mountain lifts.
We could see similar snowfall amounts as the Monday night storm with 1-4 inches at the base after a change to snow, and 4-8 inches on the upper mountain by Saturday morning. We will fine-tune the details all week as the storm gets closer.
From Saturday the 8th through the 2nd week of January the forecast models suggest we could see a drier pattern, possibly lasting through mid-month or longer. We could see some milder temperatures as well during this period.
We could see the pattern start to shift again during the 3rd week of January. Initially, we could see a colder pattern return with weaker systems possible. Then possibly colder with setter storms possible through the last week of January. Not a specific forecast this far out, just an outlook based on signals we are seeing.