Sunday we expect mostly sunny skies during the day with some high clouds. Highs into the 30s at the base and 20s up top. The winds increase from the southwest, gusting up to 50+ mph up top in the morning and increasing to 70+ mph up top by afternoon, possibly affecting some upper mountain lift operations.
Monday – Tuesday Storm:
Monday we could start with partly sunny skies and then increasing clouds later in the day as the next storm approaches. Highs are still in the 20s and 30s. The winds could continue to increase from the southwest gusting up to 100+ mph up top in the morning, and up to 130+ mph by afternoon! That will likely close some upper mountain lifts for Monday.
Later Monday afternoon/evening through Tuesday night a pair of weak systems move through. The heaviest snow is expected Monday night and then lighter & scattered showers are possible for Tuesday into Tuesday night. The snow levels look to stay below the base through Tuesday and then we could see them rise Tuesday night up to 7000+ ft. by Wednesday morning.
Strong winds continue Tuesday from the west gusting up to 70+ mph up top in the morning and 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.
We could see 1-4 inches of possible at the base and 3-6 inches on the mountain by Tuesday morning. Then a dusting to an inch possible on the mountain Tuesday – Tuesday night. The snow at the base and lower mountain could end with some rain on top Tuesday night, and becoming wetter on most of the mountain into Wednesday as temperatures rise.
Wednesday – Thursday:
We could see partly sunny skies both days. 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 southwest winds gusting up to 40+ mph up top in the morning and increasing to 50+ mph by afternoon.
Another storm is forecast to move through Friday into Friday night with gusty winds and more snow for the mountain. We could start with snow levels above 7000 ft. initially and then falling below the base. Right now it looks like we could see similar snowfall amounts as the Monday night storm. 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.