We were expecting 3-6 inches of snow Thursday night and we picked up 6 inches. So no surprises Friday morning. A nice refresh of the slopes!
We have a brief break between storms Friday into Friday evening. The winds are still gusty with ridgetop gusts up to 50+ mph through the day. Highs in the 30s at the base and 20s up top. We will have clouds with some sun and a few scattered snow showers around as the weekend storm approaches.
The snow showers are expected to fill in after midnight and increase in intensity into Saturday morning. Then heavy snow for Saturday into Sunday morning. Steady snow showers continue Sunday and then become lighter and more scattered Sunday night before ending by Monday morning.
Strong winds with ridgetop winds gusting up to 100+ mph from the southwest Saturday. That should close down quite a few ski lifts and will blow the snow around causing low visibility. The strong jet stream will tap into subtropical moisture which will draw in some warmer air, but the snow levels look to peak just below the base Saturday. Then they fall below 4000 ft. Saturday night into Sunday and lower into Sunday night.
The winds come down Sunday but could still be gusting up to 50+ mph up top. The snow becomes more powdery Saturday night into Sunday. Highs in the 20s on the mountain and 30s at the base Saturday and then 20s top to bottom Sunday. We could see 2-3+ feet of new snow at the base by Monday morning and 3-5 feet on the mountain!
Monday – Thursday:
Monday we will see clearing with mostly sunny skies by the afternoon. It will be cold with highs continuing to be in the 20s. The winds will drop off behind the storm will beautiful skiing conditions expected. The cold and dry pattern is expected through at least Thursday.
There will be a storm sitting off the coast by midweek. It is expected to stay off the coast through Thursday, but that could change so we’ll let you know if it does.
The storm off the coast could move into CA as early as Friday the 16th or Saturday the 17th. We’ll be watching this system all week and will fine-tune the forecast as we get closer.
The pattern looks to remain cold through the 3rd week of December. We could see additional storms the week of the 19th, but the storm track may start to trend to our north as we get later into December. We’ll see…