We are starting the day with mostly sunny skies and cold temperatures. Then we will see some clouds and possibly some scattered snow showers throughout the afternoon. Only expecting a dusting to an inch of snow at best.
Highs are only in the 20s, and teens above 8000 ft. The winds have backed off but are forecast to increase from the north Tuesday afternoon with ridgetop gusts up to 40-50+ mph, making it feel even colder.
Wednesday – Monday:
We are going into an even drier pattern starting Wednesday. It will still be cold with mostly sunny skies and highs in the 20s and northeast winds gusting up to 30-40+ mph over the ridges. Then warming into the 30s starting Thursday.
The splitting trough and cut-off low dropping south off the CA coast are still forecast for Friday. We are still only expecting a few clouds at best. Then back to mostly sunny skies for Saturday with highs in the 30s and light winds. Should be a beautiful day for skiing.
High-pressure nudges in a bit more into CA by Sunday into Monday. That will help to warm high temperatures into the 40s for the lower mountain for both days and 30s up top. Outside of a few snow showers possible Tuesday afternoon, the pattern looks dry for at least a week through the 21st.
By next Tuesday the 21st the pattern is still forecast to begin shifting, with a cold trough digging southwest into CA and off the coast. That pattern could stay in place through the last week of February. That would bring us below-average temperatures and an unsettled pattern with at least the chance for some weak-moderate storms to bring in some fresh snow.
It’s still too early to forecast any specific storms. We could start with some weaker systems as early as the 22nd, with some wetter storms possible by the weekend of the 25th-26th. Hopefully a storm or two spins up far enough off the coast to tap a decent amount of Pacific moisture to bring us a more significant snowfall. We’ll continue to watch the trends.