High pressure builds in over CA for the weekend with mostly sunny skies into Monday. Highs into the 30s and near 40 degrees at the base. Lighter winds through Saturday, and then Sunday southwest winds increase with gusts up to 60+ mph up top by afternoon and south winds up to 80+ mph for Monday, which could affect some upper mountain lift operations.
Tuesday – Wednesday Night Storm:
By Tuesday morning through Wednesday night, the next storm pushes into the Sierra with rain and snow. The gusty winds continue up top with gusts to 80+ mph from the southwest through Wednesday. Snow levels could start out near to just below the base Tuesday into Tuesday night, then could rise to 6500-7000 ft. Wednesday into Wednesday night.
Taking the average of the latest model runs, we could see5-10 inches of snow at the base before a change to rain, and 19-35 inches on the mountain above 7000 feet by Thursday morning.
The storm door looks to stay open, with another storm possible for next Thursday into Christmas Eve, and another storm possible for Christmas day into the 26th. These storms look colder with snow to the base and with heavy snow likely measured in feet, and gusty winds continuing.
Stay tuned for more details on each as they get closer and be prepared for slow and treacherous travel if you are driving up to the Sierra Tuesday into next weekend.