Thursday – Sunday:
High pressure is building back in over the region bringing back a drier pattern through Saturday and into the day on Sunday. Nicer weather Thursday through Saturday with mostly sunny skies and lighter winds with warming temperatures. Highs in the 40s and approaching 50 degrees at the base by Saturday.
Sunday a cold trough is approaching from the north. We could cool a few degrees back into the 40s and see increasing west winds. Ridgetop gusts up to 70+ mph could affect some lifts by afternoon. But it should be dry through the daytime hours based on the latest model runs.
Sunday Night – Tuesday Night Systems:
A cold trough digs down from the north Sunday night bringing colder air and the chance for snow showers later Sunday night into Monday morning. Highs likely dropping into the 30s at the base and 20s up top Monday with breezy north winds. Right now amounts look light through Monday morning with a dusting up to an inch or two on the mountain.
We could see a break between systems Monday afternoon with some clearing. But then a slightly wetter but weak and cold system drops down through CA Monday night into Tuesday, and snow showers could linger into Tuesday night. It’s cold again Tuesday with highs in the 30s at the base and 20s up top.
The latest forecast model runs suggest enough moisture for 1-3″ at the base and 2-4″ on the mountain with the 2nd system through Tuesday evening. We’ll continue to watch the trends as we get closer and will update the details on potential snowfall.
We could see additional weak systems through the end of the month, but no BIG storms on the horizon still. Right now the latest model runs suggest a break the 2nd half of next week and then maybe a system the last 2 days of the month, but that could change as we get closer so stay tuned for updates as we get closer.
Hopefully, the pattern opens up to bigger storms as we go into March. We’ll continue to watch the trends.