Monday – Thursday Storm:
Clouds and winds Monday with scattered snow showers possible starting in the morning. Gusty ridgetop winds with gusts of 60-70+ mph, possibly affecting some lifts. Highs only in the 30s at the base & 20s up top. Scattered snow showers continue Monday night. By Tuesday morning only expecting 2-4 inches of snow by Tuesday morning.
Low pressure will slowly make its way down the CA coast with snow showers possible through Thursday before clearing out by Friday. This is a cold system with highs only in the 30s through Thursday at the base and 20s up top. The winds should be lighter for Tuesday – Thursday but still gusting 30-40+ mph up top Tuesday. We could see a bit of a lull in the snow showers Tuesday with 1-2 inches possible by Tuesday evening.
Tuesday night into Wednesday morning we could see a period of heavier snow as we see precipitation push in on the east side of the low as it moves south past the Tahoe Basin. It will be cold Tuesday night with very low snow levels & high snow ratios with powdery snow. That could help to fluff the snowfall with 5-8 inches of additional snowfall possible on the mountain by Wednesday morning, and another 1-3 inches possible Wednesday.
Scattered snow showers with some peeks of sun are possible through Thursday before we clear out by Friday morning. A final 1-2 inches of snow is possible. Snowfall totals by Friday morning could be around 9-14 inches at the base and 14-19 inches on the upper mountain.
We have high-pressure building in Friday into Saturday with mostly sunny skies and warming temperatures. Highs into the 40s at the base and 30s on the upper mountain. That weather could continue into Sunday, but a cold trough could begin to move in by Sunday night with some gusty winds and light snow showers possible.
The colder air and snow showers could continue next Monday. Then we may be drier later next week. The next chance for active weather looks like it could be around the end of the 3rd week of March into the last week of the month. We will be keeping an eye on that.