Increasing clouds Wednesday, with the ridgetop winds a bit gustier from the northwest. Exposed ridges could see gusts of 40-50+ mph. Highs into the 40s at the base and 30s up top.
Wednesday Night Cold Front:
Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning a cold front sweeps through the region from north to south. The Sierra will be on the western edge of the cold trough and band of precipitation moving through with the cold front.
The latest model runs continue to show nothing up to a tenth of an inch of precipitation through the Tahoe Basin through early Thursday morning. Enough for only a dusting of snow likely on the mountain at best.
Colder air moves in for Thursday as skies clear. Highs in the 30s at the base and 20s up top as the sun comes back out behind the front later in the morning. Ridgetop winds increase and turn northeast with gusts of 60-70+ mph Thursday morning, and then dropping through the afternoon. That could cause a few early morning upper mountain lift delays.
Friday – Saturday:
High pressure quickly builds back in over CA Friday into Saturday and we will warm up quickly. We are expecting mostly sunny skies with highs jumping into the 50s at the base and 40s up top both days. Friday could be the nicest day of the week.
Saturday is expected to be sunny & mild, but an active pattern is about to return to the Pacific NW with a storm by Sunday, so the latest model runs show winds ramping up quite a bit through Saturday afternoon with ridgetop gusts up to 60+ mph by the end of the ski day, and even higher Saturday night. That could close some upper mountain lifts by the end of the day on Saturday.
Starting Sunday through the 3rd week of March they continue to show a ridge over the southwest and southern CA, and trough pushing into the Pacific NW with storms every 2-3 days. The ridge will be trying to keep the storm track to our north and the troughs will be trying to flatten the ridge and push precipitation south into northern CA. It’s hard to say if and how much precipitation could reach the Tahoe Basin with each system with us being the southern edge of the storm track.
The first system Sunday could bring light rain & snow showers but looks to mainly stay to our north. The next storm that moves in by next Tuesday the models show possibly digging a bit farther south with the heavier precipitation. So we will be keeping an eye on both this week.